Gratitude – Grapevine Sep 1979 by F.M.

How do you manage to feel grateful when you’re feeling terrible? THE OTHER NIGHT at our AA meeting, Frank asked a question, and a dozen hands went up. He said, “How do you manage to feel grateful when you’re feeling terrible? I can’t do it.” George, who has had a stroke, said, “I’m paralyzed inContinue reading “Gratitude – Grapevine Sep 1979 by F.M.”

An Easier, Softer Way – Grapevine March 1980 By Anonymous from Texas

BECAUSE OF my “creativity” and my “inquisitive” mind–I thought–I was willing to throw any idea out the window if I didn’t think the speaker was talking to me. In my early days in the Fellowship, I lived with anxiety and resentments. I tried to offset my ongoing problem with work around AA as group secretary,Continue reading “An Easier, Softer Way – Grapevine March 1980 By Anonymous from Texas”

Joy Of Living – 12&12 page 106,107

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 experience the kind of giving that asks no rewards. Here we begin to practice all Twelve Steps of the program in our dailyContinue reading “Joy Of Living – 12&12 page 106,107”

9th Step Promises – pgs 83,84

“If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed beforewe are halfway through. We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. We will comprehend the word serenity and we will know peace. NoContinue reading “9th Step Promises – pgs 83,84”

Living Sober – Dealing With Anger

Anger in all its aspects is a universal human problem . But it poses a special threat to alcoholics : Our own anger can kill us . Recovered alcoholics almost unanimously agree that hostility , grudges , or resentments often make us want to drink , so we need to be vigilant against such feelingsContinue reading “Living Sober – Dealing With Anger”

5th Step – Clarity pg 59

Because we were still bothered by fear , self-pity, and hurt feelings , it was probable that we couldn’t appraise ourselves fairly at all. Too much guilt and remorse might cause us to dramatize and exaggerate our shortcomings. Or anger or pride might be the smoke screen under which we were hiding some of ourContinue reading “5th Step – Clarity pg 59”

GUGOGS Grapevine Subscription

GUGOGS now has a Grapevine Subscription which includes access to seven decades of Grapevine archives. There is a decent search engine (as well as topic index) for these Grapevine articles. You can save articles that you find interesting as discussion topics for the group. You can also email these articles to yourself and I’d beContinue reading “GUGOGS Grapevine Subscription”

Bill W – Carl Jung Letters How AA History Was Made – Grapevine January 1963

BILL W.’S LETTER TO CARL JUNG January 23, 1961 Professor Dr. C. G. Jung Küsnacht-Zürich Seestrasse 228 Switzerland My dear Dr. Jung:           This letter of great appreciation has been very long overdue.           May I first introduce myself as Bill W., a co-founder of the Society of Alcoholics Anonymous. Though you have surely heardContinue reading “Bill W – Carl Jung Letters How AA History Was Made – Grapevine January 1963”

Humility – Extract of Grapevine Article April 1974 by Mel B

Below is an extract from this article that captures some of the key messages from this compelling article about humility. ” I have heard humility defined as a state of being teachable. In that sense, most of us who are able to stay sober have acquired at least a smattering of it, or we neverContinue reading “Humility – Extract of Grapevine Article April 1974 by Mel B”

Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552

AN EVER-GROWING FREEDOM ‘ We saw that we did not need to be bludgeoned or beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for humility as something we really wanted, notContinue reading “Empowering Freedom By Humility – 12/12 pg 75, 76 and Big Book pg 552”