AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous

It’s a well-know AA fact that the Big Book underwent intense scrutiny and exhaustive discussion before reaching print in its final form. In fact, Bill W. often referred to himself as the referee of these “discussions” rather then the Big Book’s author. Below, excerpted from chapter five, are some examples of the changes that cameContinue reading “AFTER – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Anonymous”

The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.

A personal interpretation THE CONCEPT of acceptance used to trouble me. It was not until I looked deeply into the Serenity Prayer that an answer began to appear. “The serenity to accept. . .” Somehow, I think, I had unconsciously imbued that phrase with a meaning it just doesn’t have. I thought of it asContinue reading “The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article April 1975 by J.W.”

Unmanageable, What’s That? – Grapevine Article January 2016 by Ted K.

He stopped drinking, so why did his life seem to be getting worse ? STEP ONE: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. I began drinking when I was 15. Alcohol was fun and made me feel a part of the crowd. It removed my inhibitions and my feelings ofContinue reading “Unmanageable, What’s That? – Grapevine Article January 2016 by Ted K.”

Hula Hoop Larry And The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article by Becky P.

The riddle of the Serenity Prayer explained It’s amusing and endearing to me that we do not get hung up about knowing someone’s last name in our program, but we do often use descriptors to tell the Bobs, Bills and Daves apart.   The Serenity Prayer has haunted me for almost 60 years.  It hung inContinue reading “Hula Hoop Larry And The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article by Becky P.”

All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6

Acceptance and faith are capable of producing 100 per cent sobriety. In fact, they usually do; and they must, else we could have no life at all. But the moment we carry these attitudes into our emotional problems, we find that only relative results are possible. Nobody can, for example, become completely free from fear,Continue reading “All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6”

Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles

Being honest about the reality of our lives while at the same time being open-minded and willing to respond differently to these realities is the heart and soul of recovery whether you have 2 days , 2 months , 2 years , or decades of sobriety. We also become clear that our denials, fears, resentments,Continue reading “Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles”

Way Out Of Depression – As Bill Sees It #308

During acute depression, avoid trying to set your whole life in order all at once. If you take on assignments so heavy that you are sure to fail in them at the moment, then you are allowing yourself to be tricked by your unconscious. Thus you will continue to make sure of your failure, andContinue reading “Way Out Of Depression – As Bill Sees It #308”

True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46

We have had a much keener look at ourselves and those about us. We have seen that we were prodded by unreasonable fears or anxieties into making a life business of winning fame, money, and what we thought was leadership. So false pride became the reverse side of that ruinous coin marked “Fear.” We simplyContinue reading “True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46”

Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117

After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security—emotional security and financial security—commence to change profoundly. Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people. Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had beenContinue reading “Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117”

April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

An element of recovery is learning that we deserve success, the good things that come to us, and also that pain is a reality. We have the strength to deal with that pain without medicating, and it will pass. —Dudley Martineau Many of us didn’t understand the changing variables in being human. Our coping skillsContinue reading “April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”