Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.

It is a rare and precious moment when it first dawns on us that we are free and without fear AT A RECENT meeting I attended, someone broached the subject “peace of mind,” and as usual the kaleidoscope of AA began to produce many different patterns of thought. By the time most of us reachContinue reading “Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.”

Setting Right New Mistakes As We Go – Big Book Step 10 Pgs 84,85

This thought brings us to Step Ten, which suggests we continue to take personal inventory and continue to set right any new mistakes as we go along. We vigorously commenced this way of living as we cleaned up the past. We have entered the world of the Spirit. Our next function is to grow in understandingContinue reading “Setting Right New Mistakes As We Go – Big Book Step 10 Pgs 84,85”

March 20th Thought from Each Day A New Beginning

There’s a period of life where we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. —Pearl Bailey For too many of us, feelings of shame, even self-hatred, are paramount. No one of us has a fully untarnished past. Every man, every woman, even every child experiences regret over some action.Continue reading “March 20th Thought from Each Day A New Beginning”

Upon Awakening – Big Book Pages 85 & 86

On awakening let us think about the twenty-four hours ahead. We consider our plans for the day. Before we begin, we ask God to direct our thinking, especially asking that it be divorced from self-pity, dishonest or self-seeking motives. Under these conditions we can employ our mental faculties with assurance, for after all God gaveContinue reading “Upon Awakening – Big Book Pages 85 & 86”

Usefully Whole – Grapevine Article December 2009 by Mark S.

I believe there is a correlation between my peace of mind and my efforts at Step Twelve. If peace and serenity are what I am seeking, what is it I am willing to do? The destruction of self comes at a price. I have to participate in my own recovery through prayer, through self-sacrifice andContinue reading “Usefully Whole – Grapevine Article December 2009 by Mark S.”

Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.

I guess I have a soul. We’re told that everyone has one. You must have a soul, too. But I don’t know what one looks like, do you? I wonder if anyone does. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations lists almost 400 quotes wherein great thinkers, writers, and poets discuss the human soul. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and the BibleContinue reading “Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.”

Living The Principles – Grapevine Article February 1993 by Tom F

It was 1967 and I was attending my first Southwest Wisconsin AA Conference. I saw him in the crowd and thought, What a weird-looking character. He had large soulful eyes and a haircut so short it made his head look shaved. If he’d been wearing a brown robe, he could have passed for a monk.Continue reading “Living The Principles – Grapevine Article February 1993 by Tom F”

Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.

“Nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication.” —Bill W., 1960Audio Player00:0000:00 I have had amazing experiences already within virtual AA meetings, and over time I’ve come to the conclusion that there is very little difference between those and physical meetings—something thatContinue reading “Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.”

The People Principle – Grapevine Article June 1987 by M.R.

We’re all human–why pretend to be perfect? I’m tired of all the goody, goody stories about AA and how simply great and wonderful everybody is. Let’s be real for a minute. In our drinking we all did our share of running away from reality and pretending things weren’t really “that bad.” They tell us inContinue reading “The People Principle – Grapevine Article June 1987 by M.R.”

Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.

“HELLO, Pal.”“Hello, Buddy!”“Have a drink?”“Got one!”“Come over on the next stool I’m lonesome. Hell of a world.” “You said it, brother, – hell of a world.”“You taking rye? Mine’s gin. God, I’m up against it now!” “How’s ‘at?”“Oh, same old hell-hell-hell. She’s going to leave me now!” “Your wife?”“Yeah. How am I going to live?Continue reading “Another Prodigal Story – Big Book 1st Edition Story by Ralph F.”