Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63

The first requirement is that we be convinced that any life run on self-will can hardly be a success. On that basis we are almost always in collision with something or somebody, even though our motives are good. Most people try to live by self-propulsion. Each person is like an actor who wants to runContinue reading “Self Will Plus An Alternative Possibility – BB pages 60-63”

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”

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”

Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961

There can be no absolute humility for us humans . At best , we can only glimpse the meaning and splendor of such a perfect ideal . As the book Alcoholics Anonymous says : “ We are not saints . . . we claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection . ” Only God himselfContinue reading “Humility for Today – Grapevine June 1961”

12& 12 Step 5 – pgs 52-55

A.A . experience has taught us we cannot live alone with our pressing problems and the character defects which cause or aggravate them . If we have swept the searchlight of Step Four back and forth over our careers , and it has revealed in stark relief those experiences we’d rather not remember , ifContinue reading “12& 12 Step 5 – pgs 52-55”

Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8

It relieved me somewhat to learn that in alcoholics the will is amazingly weakened when it comes to combating liquor, though it often remains strong in other respects. My incredible behavior in the face of a desperate desire to stop was explained. Understanding myself now, I fared forth in high hope. For three or fourContinue reading “Bill’s Story Self Knowledge – BB pgs 7,8”

The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety Grapevine 1958

This article is the substance of a letter Bill wrote to a close friend who also had troublesome depressions. I think that many oldsters who have put our AA “ booze cure ” to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Perhaps they will be the spearhead for the next majorContinue reading “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety Grapevine 1958”