Giving – Grapevine Article December 1990 by Mary J.

I was feeling sad, frustrated, and sorry for myself, because this year, like so many before, I didn’t have the money to buy gifts. I didn’t even have any creative energy to make up for it. I was fighting a sense of failure and despair that I would ever “get on with my life.” IContinue reading “Giving – Grapevine Article December 1990 by Mary J.”

How GUGOGS Meditation Works – July 2021

Assembled and edited by Wayne S. As you ready yourself for your meditation practice, please be fully present during the meditation and avoid distractions. Be in a place where you can devote your full attention to the practice. As you read this, please consider that your meditation practice has already begun . . . TheContinue reading “How GUGOGS Meditation Works – July 2021”

There’s Power Here – Grapevine Article April 1986 by K.K.

She was back attending our morning group after an absence of several months. The chairman was asking for final remarks before closing the meeting when she exclaimed, “There’s power here!” I thought, “Wow! She’s right.” Around these tables pushed together in the church’s kitchen our Higher Powers combine to supply spiritual food for our dailyContinue reading “There’s Power Here – Grapevine Article April 1986 by K.K.”

In God’s Economy – As Bill Sees It #31

In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is. ‹‹ ‹‹ ‹‹ ›› ›› ›› We did not always come closer to wisdom by reason of our virtues; our better understanding is often rooted in the pains of our former follies. BecauseContinue reading “In God’s Economy – As Bill Sees It #31”

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.”

Fear and Faith – As Bill Sees It # 263

The achievement of freedom from fear is a lifetime undertaking, one that can never be wholly completed. When under heavy attack, acute illness, or in other conditions of serious insecurity, we shall all react to this emotion–well or badly, as the case may be. Only the self-deceived will claim perfect freedom from fear. ******************************** WeContinue reading “Fear and Faith – As Bill Sees It # 263”

A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.

MANY notes and many instruments go to make a symphony. Life is like that too. I do not mean the vast discord of a drunken existence, nor the confusion of intermittent tippling between benders. I mean real life; the experience that commences with active participation in AA. Many instruments and much practice are needed forContinue reading “A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.”

What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.

I can remember the first time I read the following sentence from chapter five of the Big Book: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” I was sitting at a Big Book meeting, only a few months into the program, still pretty shaky and confused. But those words gave me a feeling of releaseContinue reading “What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.”

Spiritual Toolbox – Grapevine August 2010 by Lynne C.

An AA couple puts together a handy resource for spiritual solutions One morning when my husband and I were on a road trip, we read something in Daily Reflections about a “spiritual kit of tools.” As we drove down the highway we decided to make a list of things we would put into our spiritualContinue reading “Spiritual Toolbox – Grapevine August 2010 by Lynne C.”

Isolation – A New Pair Of Glasses – Chuck C

Conscious separation to conscious contact The Problem: Now I am convinced in my own mind….that there is only one problem in this life.  One problem that includes all problems and one answer that includes all answers … I am totally convinced that the only roadblock between me and you and my God is the human ego.  TheContinue reading “Isolation – A New Pair Of Glasses – Chuck C”