The Jumping Off Place – Grapevine Article June 2002 by Anonymous

There is a chapter in the Big Book titled “A Vision for You.” A paragraph in that chapter talks about the jumping-off place. I reached that place one night in a bar after hours. I was twenty years old, and I had three children, a recent hysterectomy, and was on my third failing relationship. IContinue reading “The Jumping Off Place – Grapevine Article June 2002 by Anonymous”

A Good Look- Grapevine Article October 2014 by Don B.

A newcomer discovers that it’s never too early to start looking at Step 10 I had been sober for just over two weeks. It was the Thursday Step meeting at my home group, and the topic was Step Ten. Patrice, a woman who had been sober for many years, shared that Step Ten was oneContinue reading “A Good Look- Grapevine Article October 2014 by Don B.”

Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart

I lay on the cot in the bathhouse at the mineral springs. I was wrapped from head to toe in a woolen blanket. As I lay there, the blanket covering my face. I could almost feel each break line in my heart. I could feel the fractures in a way I hadn’t before. I knewContinue reading “Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart”

Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167

On studying the Twelve Steps, many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. TheContinue reading “Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167”

In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.

He became his father and lived to know his pain firsthand I was eleven years old the night I was awakened by a woman’s screams and the thud of a body slamming into the other side of my bedroom wall. That sound is distinct and sickening, etched into my auditory memory to this day. AnyoneContinue reading “In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.”

It Might Have Been the Time – Grapevine Article February 1950 by Lois (Bill W.‘s Wife and Al-Anon Founder )

I too needed spiritual development IT is hard to say just when Alcoholics Anonymous began. It may have been at the time a friend came to see my husband, Bill. Or it may have been at the moment of Bill’s spiritual experience. Most AAs feel it is the time six months later when he metContinue reading “It Might Have Been the Time – Grapevine Article February 1950 by Lois (Bill W.‘s Wife and Al-Anon Founder )”

Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.

She could never forgive herself when her drinking led to a night of tragedy, but the program showed her how gratitude could help her heal I arrive at work early, as I always do, so I that I can have some quiet time and coffee before I begin my workday. My quiet time begins withContinue reading “Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.”

At Last No Longer Apart – Grapevine Article November 1967 by F.M.

This is the third article in the Grapevine’s series by authors of the personal histories in the Big Book, Alcoholics Anonymous. The Big Book was published in 1939; the revised, enlarged version came out in 1955. Now, the author of “Stars Don’t Fall,” page 401 in the revised edition, reports on the vital experience–some of it roughContinue reading “At Last No Longer Apart – Grapevine Article November 1967 by F.M.”

The Prodigal Relapser – Grapevine Article by Benny P.

His message? Love the repeated relapser until he can love himself “I can’t believe I need a miracle to get sober!” I blurt out in the middle of someone’s share. The meeting becomes quiet and I sob in my seat, the same seat I have sat in for over ten years trying to get sober.Continue reading “The Prodigal Relapser – Grapevine Article by Benny P.”

Amends – Grapevine Article October 1965 by Dr. Hal S.

There is more to taking the Eighth and Ninth Steps than squaring things with other people A LITTLE rigorous honesty will reveal to any alcoholic that he “roared like a tornado through the lives of other people.” But when you start making a list of people you have harmed do you put your own nameContinue reading “Amends – Grapevine Article October 1965 by Dr. Hal S.”