Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.

Aided by the “limitless hope and boundless grace” of AA, she took the Step that changed her life I often hear at meetings that Step One is the only Step that must be practiced perfectly. But is practicing perfectly oxymoronic? As a perfectionist and as an alcoholic, I had a problem with this. Fortunately, myContinue reading “Taking that First Step – Grapevine Article By C.C.”

Something to Learn – Grapevine Article October 2018 by Anonymous

Laid off and feeling desperate, an AA asks for help and finds more than just a job Having become unemployed when the company I was working for was absorbed into its parent company, I sent out my resume to over 700 firms. I got only one response, which was for a part-time job across town.Continue reading “Something to Learn – Grapevine Article October 2018 by Anonymous”

Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K

At a recent meeting of our home group on the First Tradition, it was suggested that one of the ways we could actively promote the principle of unity was to draft a letter sharing our recent experiences with readers of the Grapevine. About three years ago, two people sat down in a church at aContinue reading “Keeping the Meeting Alive – Grapevine Article July 1991 by Kathryn K”

Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.

ONE of the oddest propensities of this fellowship, it has often seemed to me, is AA’s preoccupation with slogans. They festoon the walls of our meeting rooms. Easy Does It shines forth in Gothic splendor from one large frame, while another suggests A Day at a Time. They are as prominent, and perhaps as essential, as cups ofContinue reading “Slogans – Grapevine Article February 1964 By M.S.”

When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.

Steps Three and Eleven I’VE LEARNED that the better I can “practice these principles” in all my affairs, as the Twelfth Step suggests, the better my life works. To help me extend the program into my everyday life, I use a particular set of prayerful attitudes that incorporate the Third and Eleventh Steps. Before enteringContinue reading “When my ego Becomes My Ego – Feb 1983 Grapevine Article By F.H.”

Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.

He stopped believing in God—and started believing in the life AA had given him I got sober in AA in June 1987 and have remained sober ever since. Before coming to AA, I didn’t think much about God, except that I knew I did not believe in the Christian God. When I first came toContinue reading “Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.”

Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

A word whose meaning causes arguments, but a quality we all aspire to when we understand it FOLLOWING a recent noon AA meeting, a member I scarcely knew said that he wanted a word with me. He appeared very agitated as we stepped into the privacy of an adjoining room. Naturally, I thought he wantedContinue reading “Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W

THE GREATEST GIFT that can come to anybody is a spiritual awakening. Without doubt this would be the certain verdict of every well-recovered alcoholic in AA’s entire fellowship. So, then, what is this “spiritual awakening” this “transforming experience”? How can we receive it and what does it do? To begin with, a spiritual awakening isContinue reading “The Greatest Gift – Grapevine Article December 1957 by AA Co-founder Bill W”

Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M

Through a little faith and effort, a husband’s longtime holiday resentment becomes a gift to someone he loves. Cliff, an old-timer in my home group, used to say that in order to recover, I would have to see things I don’t want to see, hear things I don’t want to hear and do things IContinue reading “Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M”

We Seek Through Meditation – Grapevine Article March 1985 By C.C.

Step Eleven SEEKING “through prayer and meditation,” the Eleventh Step tells us, was among the vital actions that brought sobriety to the earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous. Obviously, if we want what those pioneers had and if we are “willing to go to any length to get it,” we should pray and meditate. As IContinue reading “We Seek Through Meditation – Grapevine Article March 1985 By C.C.”