Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous

In a phone call on New Year’s Day, a college professor told me she’d failed my final paper for her course. I could rewrite the paper, she said, correcting the shortcomings, possibly retaining my overall A for the course. Or I could let it go and accept the B average my failure to follow directionsContinue reading “Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous”

How 14 groups grew to 22 – Grapevine Article January 1945 by Frank S.

This article was reprinted in the the November 2018 Grapevine that focused on AA History. In 1944, AA’s cofounder, Bill W., swings through California to lend a helping hand to the new groups Just over one year ago, Bill made a two-month visit to the West Coast, one month of which was spent in LosContinue reading “How 14 groups grew to 22 – Grapevine Article January 1945 by Frank S.”

Accepting What Is – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety

Sentence Completion Exercise Any endeavor to change must include looking at the forces within us that would sabotage our best efforts. We need to become aware of how we interfere with the process of acceptance. The following exercise can help. Take each sentence stem and write it at the top of a piece of paper.Continue reading “Accepting What Is – 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety”

Again at the Crossroads – Grapevine Article November 1961 by Bill W.

WE AAs are everywhere developing a keener sense of our history and the meaning of its turning points. Moreover, I believe that we are getting a right sense of our history; something of the utmost importance indeed. The world’s past reveals that many societies and nations have fallen victims to fear and pride, or to their aggressiveContinue reading “Again at the Crossroads – Grapevine Article November 1961 by Bill W.”

In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.

A report from Phuket, Thailand The moment of silence before we begin meetings here in Phuket has taken on new levels of significance since December’s tsunami. Many of us have shared as to how the principles of AA have guided our actions in attending the wounded, searching for the dead, and helping to rebuild theContinue reading “In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.”

Self-Confidence and Will Power – As Bill Sees It #42

When we were first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told so far as alcohol was concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability. There was no such thing as personal conquest of the alcoholicContinue reading “Self-Confidence and Will Power – As Bill Sees It #42”

The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article January 1950

…it’s origins are traced… AT long last the mystery of the Serenity Prayer has been solved! We have learned who wrote it, when it was written and how it came to the attention of the early members of AA. We have learned, too, how it was originally written, a bit of information which should layContinue reading “The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article January 1950”

Personality Change – Grapevine Article February 1972 by D.B.

Alcoholic patterns give way to new qualities of behavior IN THE BOOK As Bill Sees It—the AA Way of Life, it is stated, “. . .no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” This statement has frequently puzzled me. Recently, at discussion meetings, I have been led to believe that othersContinue reading “Personality Change – Grapevine Article February 1972 by D.B.”

Prayer & Meditation- Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)

Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuableContinue reading “Prayer & Meditation- Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)”

Neither Dependence Nor Self Sufficiency – As Bill Sees It #265

When we insisted, like infants, that people protect and take care of us or that the world owed us a living, then the result was unfortunate. The people we most loved often pushed us aside or perhaps deserted us entirely. Our disillusionment was hard to bear. We failed to see that, though adult in years,Continue reading “Neither Dependence Nor Self Sufficiency – As Bill Sees It #265”