Giving – Grapevine Article December 1990 by Mary J.

I was feeling sad, frustrated, and sorry for myself, because this year, like so many before, I didn’t have the money to buy gifts. I didn’t even have any creative energy to make up for it. I was fighting a sense of failure and despair that I would ever “get on with my life.” IContinue reading “Giving – Grapevine Article December 1990 by Mary J.”

How GUGOGS Meditation Works – July 2021

Assembled and edited by Wayne S. As you ready yourself for your meditation practice, please be fully present during the meditation and avoid distractions. Be in a place where you can devote your full attention to the practice. As you read this, please consider that your meditation practice has already begun . . . TheContinue reading “How GUGOGS Meditation Works – July 2021”

God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.

To get to Step Two, you have to get past Step One. That was what I was told when I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. It made sense to me. The Steps are in order; they build upon one another. It was logical. My drinking, my attempts to control it, and allContinue reading “God, the Verb – Grapevine Article April 2002 by Doug B.”

Live Serenely – As Bill Sees It #48

When a drunk has a terrific hangover because he drank heavily yesterday, he cannot live well today. But there is another kind of hangover which we all experience whether we are drinking or not. That is the emotional hangover, the direct result of yesterday’s and sometimes today’s excesses of negative emotion—anger, fear, jealousy, and theContinue reading “Live Serenely – As Bill Sees It #48”

Hula Hoop Larry And The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article by Becky P.

The riddle of the Serenity Prayer explained It’s amusing and endearing to me that we do not get hung up about knowing someone’s last name in our program, but we do often use descriptors to tell the Bobs, Bills and Daves apart.   The Serenity Prayer has haunted me for almost 60 years.  It hung inContinue reading “Hula Hoop Larry And The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article by Becky P.”

Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th

There were deep secrets, hidden in my heart, never said for fear others would scoff or sneer. At last I can reveal my sufferings, for the strength I once felt in silence has lost all its power. —Deidra Sarault There is magic in sharing ourselves with someone else. We learn from Steps Four and FiveContinue reading “Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th”

Emotional Pain – Grapevine Article February 1997 by C.H.

Shortly after I came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in November 1984, I remarked to my sponsor that I had no memory of ever before experiencing the feeling that a knife was being slowly twisted in my gut. But I’ve since learned a lot about what causes most of the emotional pain I experience.Continue reading “Emotional Pain – Grapevine Article February 1997 by C.H.”

Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250

Whenever I find myself under acute tensions, I lengthen my daily walks and slowly repeat our Serenity Prayer in rhythm to my steps and breathing. If I feel that my pain has in part been occasioned by others, I try to repeat, “God grant me the serenity to love their best, and never fear theirContinue reading “Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250”

More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148

When I am feeling depressed, I repeat to myself statements such as these: “Pain is the touchstone of progress.” …“ Fear no evil.” …“ This, too, will pass.” …“ This experience can be turned to benefit.” These fragments of prayer bring far more than mere comfort. They keep me on the track of right acceptance;Continue reading “More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148”

All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6

Acceptance and faith are capable of producing 100 per cent sobriety. In fact, they usually do; and they must, else we could have no life at all. But the moment we carry these attitudes into our emotional problems, we find that only relative results are possible. Nobody can, for example, become completely free from fear,Continue reading “All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6”