Manufacturing Misery – Grapevine Article April 1993 by Bill A.

I must admit that there are parts of the Big Book I’ve never read. For instance, as a singularly single, bachelor alcoholic, now past 40, I have never felt it necessary to peruse chapter nine–The Family Afterward. But, as in so many other cases when I’ve cunningly cut corners, I also shortchanged myself. My sponsorContinue reading “Manufacturing Misery – Grapevine Article April 1993 by Bill A.”

The Right To Be Wrong – Grapevine Article April 1995 by Jim N.

After moving out West, I attended a beginners meeting one afternoon. A man stood at the door greeting people this way: “Are you new? Do you have a desire to stop drinking?” If the individual didn’t admit to having such a desire, he or she was invited to leave and go to another meeting. IContinue reading “The Right To Be Wrong – Grapevine Article April 1995 by Jim N.”

Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.

But learning to cope with life, people, and situations is vital to our growth IS COMFORTABLE SOBRIETY the new goal in AA? It would seem so from some of the things I have heard recently, during and after meetings. For instance, at a Step meeting, a young man rather proudly announced that he couldn’t possiblyContinue reading “Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.”

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.”

God’s Courage – Grapevine Article September 1997 by Doug B

When I’d been sober for two weeks, I had my first panic attack. I was in a store shopping with my brother. We had a full cart and I told him that I had to leave. He said that we’d check out and be on our way shortly, and I said I had to leave–“Now!”Continue reading “God’s Courage – Grapevine Article September 1997 by Doug B”

Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238

“Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and comsuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford. “The remedy? Well,Continue reading “Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238”

The Roots of Resentment – October 1977 by F.M.

We can see ourselves in the anger we feel toward others RESENTMENTS are ruin. Backed-up anger can give us a bad depression; explosive anger can make us say or do things we will regret. Resentment that is allowed to fester can become an obsession and make us nervously unstable. Retaliation and revenge will harm usContinue reading “The Roots of Resentment – October 1977 by F.M.”

Dealing With Resentments – As Bill Sees It #39

Resentment is the Number One offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have also been spiritually ill. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically.In dealing with resentments, we set themContinue reading “Dealing With Resentments – As Bill Sees It #39”

No Boundaries – As Bill Sees It #150

Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, of width or height or depth. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same; toContinue reading “No Boundaries – As Bill Sees It #150”