Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap

Emotional entanglements with people are not the only way we can get our sobriety dangerously hooked to something extraneous . Some of us have a tendency to put other conditions on our sobriety , without intending to . One A.A . member says , “ We drunks * are very ‘ iffy ’ people .Continue reading “Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap”

Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.

This Christmas Eve, a lonely newcomer learned that choosing joy was the way to go It was 1984 and Christmas was approaching. I hadn’t had a visit nor heard from a single friend or relative since I had moved into this recovery house more than three months earlier. No one called to say they missedContinue reading “Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.”

Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M

Through a little faith and effort, a husband’s longtime holiday resentment becomes a gift to someone he loves. Cliff, an old-timer in my home group, used to say that in order to recover, I would have to see things I don’t want to see, hear things I don’t want to hear and do things IContinue reading “Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M”

We Seek Through Meditation – Grapevine Article March 1985 By C.C.

Step Eleven SEEKING “through prayer and meditation,” the Eleventh Step tells us, was among the vital actions that brought sobriety to the earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Obviously, if we want what those pioneers had and if we are “willing to go to any length to get it,” we should pray and meditate. As IContinue reading “We Seek Through Meditation – Grapevine Article March 1985 By C.C.”

Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.  —Kathleen Casey Theisen How awesome is our power, personally, to choose our attitudes and our responses to any situation, to every situation. We will feel only how we choose to feel, no matter the circumstance. Happiness is as free an option as sorrow. Perceiving our challenges as opportunities forContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th”

Room In My Heart – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Candace T

Today I decided to write out my thoughts and share them with someone I have learned to trust. That’s how we build bridges of trust and understanding I’ve heard it said that there’s no loneliness like that of alcoholic isolation. I believe it. The shadow of this disease has been with me as long asContinue reading “Room In My Heart – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Candace T”

A Daily Meditation Grapevine Web Exclusive By Judy M

A woman discovers a way to practice conscious contact while she goes about the business of the day I got up this morning, and rolled off the bed to my knees to get the day off the ground right like it says to do on pages 86 and 87 of the Big Book. I feltContinue reading “A Daily Meditation Grapevine Web Exclusive By Judy M”

Don’t Take Our Word For It – Grapevine Article By January 1969 by S.B.S.

An early Chicago member wrote the sequel to her story “The Keys to the Kingdom.” – From the January 1969 Grapevine The first ten years of AA in the Chicago area (1939 through 1949) were years filled with much activity. During the first four or five years, the activity was at times even feverish. OurContinue reading “Don’t Take Our Word For It – Grapevine Article By January 1969 by S.B.S.”

Life Is For Living- Grapevine Article May 1978 By J.L.

LIFE is FOR living! We are not what we used to be; we are striving to become what we ought to be, what we want to be, what we were meant to be. We are in touch with reality. We are like the rest of the human family–not all bad, not all good; just tryingContinue reading “Life Is For Living- Grapevine Article May 1978 By J.L.”

Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th

The universal human yearning (is) for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change   —Willa Cather The specter of change builds dread in most of us. We fear the effects on our personal lives. We lack faith that the impending change will benefit us. Only time can assure us of that. And it will, justContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th”