We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S

MY LOCAL MEETINGS ARE BIG on this spot – check reminder : you get what you get ; it’s what you do with it that counts From attending AA meetings in Iowa for the two years I spent in graduate school there, I brought home this question to add to my daily Tenth Step checklistContinue reading “We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S”

Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning

No person is your enemy, no person is your friend, and every person is your teacher.—Florence Scovel Shinn We can open ourselves to opportunities today. They abound in our lives. No circumstance we find ourselves in is detrimental to our progress. No relationship with someone at work or at home is superfluous to our development.Continue reading “Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning”

Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958

ALL OF US HAVE KNOWN at one time or another the thrilling rewards of watching some particular newcomer, for whom we have a special fondness, recover his or her life and spirit and vitality in AA. A friend I have known for some twenty-five years is now approaching his sixth month of sobriety. His transformationContinue reading “Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958”

Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963

How to turn this potential defect into an asset On the morning of my fifth AA birthday, now some time ago, I arrived at my office to be greeted by the receptionist with the message that a telegram awaited me. Upon opening it, I discovered that it was a thoughtful greeting from an old AAContinue reading “Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963”

Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”

January 23rd Daily Reflection

She had trouble defining herself independently of her husband, tried to talk to him about it, but he said nonsense, he had no trouble defining her at all.—Cynthia Propper Seton To recover means to learn who we are, independent of friends, children, parents, or intimate partners. It means knowing how we want to spend ourContinue reading “January 23rd Daily Reflection”

When the Big “I” Becomes Nobody – Grapevine Article Sept 1965 By Dr. Harry Tiebout, MD

“And there was Dr. Harry Tiebout, our first friend of psychiatry, who very early began to use AA concepts in his own practice…” Bill W. in AA Comes of Age THE AA program of help is touched with elements of true inspiration, and in no place is that inspiration more evident than in the selection of itsContinue reading “When the Big “I” Becomes Nobody – Grapevine Article Sept 1965 By Dr. Harry Tiebout, MD”

About Forgiveness – Grapevine Article October 1957 by Tani from London

WHAT is FORGIVENESS? As an alcoholic, now sober In AA, I think that I know what it feels like to be forgiven by other people. I could not feel forgiveness in my drinking days because I could not forgive myself. I was playing God and counted myself worthy only of punishment. With continuous sobriety comesContinue reading “About Forgiveness – Grapevine Article October 1957 by Tani from London”

On Cultivating Tolerance – by Dr. Bob Grapevine Article July 1944

During nine years in AA, I have observed that those who follow the Alcoholics Anonymous program with the greatest earnestness and zeal not only maintain sobriety but often acquire finer characteristics and attitudes as well. One of these is tolerance. Tolerance expresses itself in a variety of ways: in kindness and consideration toward the manContinue reading “On Cultivating Tolerance – by Dr. Bob Grapevine Article July 1944”

A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV

Watch the new life and feel its awakening EACH spring, as I watch the green shoots in the earth struggle towards the light, I am reminded of another spring and another struggle. As I watch the buds on the trees begin to open, as if they were awakening from a long sleep, I am remindedContinue reading “A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV”