After years of trying, he never could mend the past with his brother. But now he can make a difference When I was three years sober, I attended a meeting where we discussed the topic, the amend you haven’t made. There it was, staring me in the face, and I really didn’t want to beContinue reading “Uncle Harold – Grapevine Article April 2023 by Harold I.”
Category Archives: Forgiveness
Self Acceptance – 12 Essential Insights For Emotional Sobriety by Dr. Allen Berger
Acceptance and Self-Acceptance Acceptance comes in two types: acceptance of the world as it is and, more specifically, acceptance of who we are as individuals. Acceptance is one of the “big ideas” in recovery. This is one of the great challenges we face: accepting that life is what it is. When we struggle with addiction,Continue reading “Self Acceptance – 12 Essential Insights For Emotional Sobriety by Dr. Allen Berger”
An Indescribable Benevolence – Grapevine Article August 1992 by Margaret G.
Step Two can reveal our true colors Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” What does this Step mean to me, a woman with just nine months of sobriety in AA behind her? What was my process of “coming to believe,” and in what way do I feelContinue reading “An Indescribable Benevolence – Grapevine Article August 1992 by Margaret G.”
Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer
The Saint Francis Assisi Prayer, often used as an 11th Step Prayer in Alcoholics Anonymous, is an immensely popular and empowering prayer used in recovery. Anyone moving through recovery will eventually encounter the prayer and will get to work through its significance and impact on their spirituality, life, and outlook. If you’re just starting your recoveryContinue reading “Using the 11th Step / St. Francis Prayer”
That Day On The Bridge – Grapevine Article September 1962 by M.D.B
My thoughts were on a collision course with the oncoming train (yet all my troubles were within myself) IN May or June of 1948, I stood on the side of a viaduct in western Oregon and played host to a legion of morbid thoughts. A fast freight train rushed towards the tracks directly below. SinceContinue reading “That Day On The Bridge – Grapevine Article September 1962 by M.D.B”
Anger – Personal and Group Enemy – As Bill Sees It #98
As the book ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ puts it, ‘Resentment is the Number One offender.’ It is a primary cause of relapses into drinking. How well we of A.A. know that for us ‘To drink is eventually to go mad or die.’ “Much the same penalty overhangs every A.A. group. Given enough anger, both unity and purposeContinue reading “Anger – Personal and Group Enemy – As Bill Sees It #98”
What We Will Be Tomorrow- Grapevine Article Mayb 1991 by Ed H.
My first thoughts regarding Step Five were that I would take it with someone far away and then pray for that person’s early demise. I can see today, though, how something like this could have been disastrous to my sobriety. There are people in my life today whom I have chosen as friends and throughContinue reading “What We Will Be Tomorrow- Grapevine Article Mayb 1991 by Ed H.”
Clean House, Help Others – Grapevine Article by Gary D.
Helping others in AA has a ripple effect that spreads beyond what we can see I’m a meatcutter and in one job I had I worked normal 8 to 5 hours. In my spare time, I took meetings to halfway houses and other recovery homes trying to carry this message. I was all set toContinue reading “Clean House, Help Others – Grapevine Article by Gary D.”
Forgiveness – As Bill Sees It #318
Through the vital Fifth Step, we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had thought or done. Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they hadContinue reading “Forgiveness – As Bill Sees It #318”
Meeting Adversity – As Bill Sees It #184
“Our spiritual and emotional growth in A.A. does not depend so deeply upon success as it does upon our failures and setbacks. If you will bear this in mind, I think that your slip will have the effect of kicking you upstairs, instead of down. “We A.A.’s have had no better teacher than Old ManContinue reading “Meeting Adversity – As Bill Sees It #184”