Misunderstood – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Michael E.

The man he met said he was “naturally incapable” of grasping what we have. This member doesn’t agree During my time in the rooms, I have met people who can quote from memory every page of the Big Book from cover to personalized leather-bound cover. I’ve also met people staying sober for years who rarely,Continue reading “Misunderstood – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Michael E.”

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”

The Pain Was Lifted – Grapevine Article July 1989 by Lou H.

Step Seven – Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. After several years of enjoyable sobriety I was suddenly seized by negative thinking so devastating that it wiped out my peace of mind, undermined my ability to work, and might eventually have sent me back to drinking. Today, with thirty years of continuous abstinence, IContinue reading “The Pain Was Lifted – Grapevine Article July 1989 by Lou H.”

The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.

This is the story of the transforming experience of my entire life–the experience for which I’m profoundly grateful. My association with the Fellowship has given me the opportunity to begin the process of becoming a different kind of person. During the years that I drank, I was the kind of person I never wanted toContinue reading “The Human Condition – Grapevine Article June 1998 by C.L.B.”

You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.

As the AA Steps contain the message of recovery, so the AA Traditions contain that of unity. I knew this fact in spirit sometime before my head caught on to it. While still very much a newcomer to the Fellowship, I first became aware of the Traditions while observing the running of meetings. Despite myContinue reading “You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.”

Steps to Serenity – Grapevine Article August 1979 by S.M.

Continuing work with the Steps has given this AA increased periods of serenity I DRANK FOR fifteen years, and for the last two of those years, there was no question about whether or not I would drink. I had to. The choice was gone, and no matter what I said at the beginning of theContinue reading “Steps to Serenity – Grapevine Article August 1979 by S.M.”

Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.

It is a rare and precious moment when it first dawns on us that we are free and without fear AT A RECENT meeting I attended, someone broached the subject “peace of mind,” and as usual the kaleidoscope of AA began to produce many different patterns of thought. By the time most of us reachContinue reading “Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.”

Living the Steps – Grapevine Article December 1979 by S.M.

Self-acceptance was only one of many rewards he found in working and reworking the Steps IN THE LAST six months, I’ve begun to experience the striking benefits of working and reworking the Twelve Steps on a regular basis. My life is changing; my relationships with my family are improving; work goes better; and I’ve startedContinue reading “Living the Steps – Grapevine Article December 1979 by S.M.”

The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.

“Mom, can you take me and Andy to the tennis courts on the way to school tonight?” “Mom, can you drop me off at Scott’s? It’s on the way to the courts.” “Mom, can Jason spend the night since the other boys won’t be home? You could pick him up on the way home fromContinue reading “The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.”

What is the Third Legacy – World Service It’s Heart – Grapevine Article May 2002 by Bill W.

Excerpted from Grapevine July 1955 Our Twelfth Step–carrying the message–is the basic service that the AA Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, AA is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselvesContinue reading “What is the Third Legacy – World Service It’s Heart – Grapevine Article May 2002 by Bill W.”