It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.

Constant work with the Tenth Step shows us what we are and what we can become DURING MY drinking days, it seemed that I was either a god or a devil–but never human. I was either so grandly above everyone else that they were unworthy of my love or so desperately below the level ofContinue reading “It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.”

Who I Want To Be – Grapevine Article March 2009 by Dwight E.

Facing eight years in jail , a dad with two fatally ill kids chooses sobriety By the time I was 18, I was a daily drinker. I graduated from a vocational high school and got a job working in a steel mill. I met a girl at church who later became my wife. We boughtContinue reading “Who I Want To Be – Grapevine Article March 2009 by Dwight E.”

Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.

She could never forgive herself when her drinking led to a night of tragedy, but the program showed her how gratitude could help her heal I arrive at work early, as I always do, so I that I can have some quiet time and coffee before I begin my workday. My quiet time begins withContinue reading “Tragedy & Gratitude – Grapevine Article by Kris M.”

Our Secrets Keep Us Sick- Each Day A New Beginning August 22nd

We’re only as sick as the secrets we keep. -Sue Atchley Ebaugh Harboring parts of our inner selves, fearing what others would think if they knew, creates the barriers that keep us separate, feeling different, certain of our inadequacies. Secrets are burdens, and they weigh heavily on us, so heavily. Carrying secrets makes impossible theContinue reading “Our Secrets Keep Us Sick- Each Day A New Beginning August 22nd”

Be Good To Yourself – Grapevine Article May 1978 by L.A.

It’s a good way to deal with guilt and self-hatred I ALWAYS WANTED to be a really good person. Today, I have some different ideas to add to my idea of being good. I literally wallowed in guilt and self-hatred during my drinking days. This habit has been hard to break in sobriety. In aContinue reading “Be Good To Yourself – Grapevine Article May 1978 by L.A.”

Guilt – Grapevine Article March 1973 by C.W.B.

Our misdeeds cannot be changed–our thinking can I WRITE this because there must be others like me who have had difficulty ridding themselves of the ravages of guilt and, like me, have either misunderstood certain of the Steps or have tried to apply them too quickly and eagerly and have thus added to their feelingsContinue reading “Guilt – Grapevine Article March 1973 by C.W.B.”

Guilt Is A Cunning Weapon – Grapevine Article May 1974 by H.M.

It can destroy us, or it can help us relate to our fellow alcoholic I AM THE lucky one, enjoying an incredible vacation high up in the Alps, surrounded by snowcapped mountains, flowering meadows, and crystal-clear brooks. The gift of unrushed thinking, of meditation, presents itself in such an environment. It brings happiness and peaceContinue reading “Guilt Is A Cunning Weapon – Grapevine Article May 1974 by H.M.”

Start Forgiving – Grapevine Article September 1979 by R.E.

Her own guilt disappeared at the same time her anger did ONE NIGHT, a woman asked at a meeting I attended, “How do you get rid of guilt?” This struck a nerve, because I was still full of my own guilts. After the meeting was over, an answer came to me: “Start forgiving.” What–give upContinue reading “Start Forgiving – Grapevine Article September 1979 by R.E.”

With Complete Abandon – Grapevine Article by Mary

After many relapses and false starts she heard something in a meeting that changed everything I’ve been introducing myself as, “I’m Mary and I’m an alcoholic” for 27 years, yet I have just begun my fifth year of continuous sobriety. My journey has been amazing, and my life is more joyful and hopeful than everContinue reading “With Complete Abandon – Grapevine Article by Mary”

Burn Into The Consciousness – Big Book Page 98

The men who cry for money and shelter before conquering alcohol, are on the wrong track. Yet we do go to great extremes to provide each other with these very things, when such action is warranted. This may seem inconsistent, but we think it is not. It is not the matter of giving that isContinue reading “Burn Into The Consciousness – Big Book Page 98”