Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.

ONE of the oddest propensities of this fellowship, it has often seemed to me, is AA’s preoccupation with slogans. They festoon the walls of our meeting rooms. Easy Does It shines forth in Gothic splendor from one large frame, while another suggests A Day at a Time. They are as prominent, and perhaps as essential, as cups ofContinue reading “Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.”

Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120

12th Step Theme – “THE joy of living is the theme of A.A . ‘ s Twelfth Step , and action is its key word . Here we turn outward toward our fellow alcoholics who are still in distress . Here we experi – ence the kind of giving that asks no rewards . HereContinue reading “Step 12 Highlights – from 12 & 12 thru page 120”

The Spiritual Awakening – 12 & 12 summary of the first 11 steps pages 107-109

Step One showed us an amazing paradox : We found that we were totally unable to be rid of the alcohol obsession until we first admitted that we were powerless over it . In Step Two we saw that since we could not restore ourselves to sanity , some Higher Power must necessarily do soContinue reading “The Spiritual Awakening – 12 & 12 summary of the first 11 steps pages 107-109”

A Death In The Family – Grapevine Article February 2004 By Nick K

He went to a meeting; his brother went to a bar What is that saying–when God closes a door, he opens a window? I have found this to be true in my life since getting sober. I have been sober since May 1996. With the help of a sponsor who told me what to do,Continue reading “A Death In The Family – Grapevine Article February 2004 By Nick K”

‘Acceptance Was The Answer’ pages 417,418,420 4th Edition

Page 417/418 – And acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation – some fact of my life – unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as beingContinue reading “‘Acceptance Was The Answer’ pages 417,418,420 4th Edition”

Reflection – December 6th Each Day A New Beginning

Each day provides its own gifts.  —Ruth P. Freedman We are guaranteed experiences that are absolutely right for us today. We are progressing on schedule. Even when our personal hopes are unmet, we are given the necessary opportunities for achieving those goals that complement our unique destinies. Today is full of special surprises, and weContinue reading “Reflection – December 6th Each Day A New Beginning”

When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.

Steps Three and Eleven I’VE LEARNED that the better I can “practice these principles” in all my affairs, as the Twelfth Step suggests, the better my life works. To help me extend the program into my everyday life, I use a particular set of prayerful attitudes that incorporate the Third and Eleventh Steps. Before enteringContinue reading “When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.”

Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

A word whose meaning causes arguments, but a quality we all aspire to when we understand it FOLLOWING a recent noon AA meeting, a member I scarcely knew said that he wanted a word with me. He appeared very agitated as we stepped into the privacy of an adjoining room. Naturally, I thought he wantedContinue reading “Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W

THE GREATEST GIFT that can come to anybody is a spiritual awakening. Without doubt this would be the certain verdict of every well-recovered alcoholic in AA’s entire fellowship. So, then, what is this “spiritual awakening” this “transforming experience”? How can we receive it and what does it do? To begin with, a spiritual awakening isContinue reading “The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W”

AA 12 Principles

Here are one version of the principles that underlie each of AA steps. This is not definitive but one presentation that is generally accepted about what principles may be useful in the practice of these in “all of our affairs”. Step 1. Honesty Step 2. Hope Step 3. Faith Step 4. Courage Step 5. IntegrityContinue reading “AA 12 Principles”