What Is Acceptance ? How This Classic Grapevine Article By Bill W Has Been Used

Today, Jim A will be using Bill W’s March 1962 Grapevine Article “What Is Acceptance” as his lead for our meeting. This classic article is included in the small book , ‘Best of Bill,’ as well as his collection of writings called ‘Language of the Heart’. This short article is also used in 7 differentContinue reading “What Is Acceptance ? How This Classic Grapevine Article By Bill W Has Been Used”

Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250

Whenever I find myself under acute tensions, I lengthen my daily walks and slowly repeat our Serenity Prayer in rhythm to my steps and breathing. If I feel that my pain has in part been occasioned by others, I try to repeat, “God grant me the serenity to love their best, and never fear theirContinue reading “Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250”

More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148

When I am feeling depressed, I repeat to myself statements such as these: “Pain is the touchstone of progress.” …“ Fear no evil.” …“ This, too, will pass.” …“ This experience can be turned to benefit.” These fragments of prayer bring far more than mere comfort. They keep me on the track of right acceptance;Continue reading “More Than Comfort – As Bill Sees It #148”

Live and Let Live – Grapevine Article June 2002 By Jim N.

Nothing has been more helpful to me in staying sober and living a useful life than sponsorship. But in the beginning, I sometimes used my “authority” as a sponsor to bully my sponsees. I ridiculed their thinking and showed little compassion or patience if they acted in ways that I didn’t approve of. Where didContinue reading “Live and Let Live – Grapevine Article June 2002 By Jim N.”

Way Out Of Depression – As Bill Sees It #308

During acute depression, avoid trying to set your whole life in order all at once. If you take on assignments so heavy that you are sure to fail in them at the moment, then you are allowing yourself to be tricked by your unconscious. Thus you will continue to make sure of your failure, andContinue reading “Way Out Of Depression – As Bill Sees It #308”

A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. In Western Massachusetts we have the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions on display and that’s what I saw at my first meeting. I was disgusted.Continue reading “A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.”

The Three Faces Of Recovery – Grapevine Article Feb 1985 by K.W.

SOMEONE CRITICIZED my drinking. I didn’t like being criticized, because it hurt my tender little feelings; my ego rebelled. The criticism implied that there was something wrong in the way I drank. Why, I was proud when people commented on how much I could drink at one sitting and how well I held my liquor.Continue reading “The Three Faces Of Recovery – Grapevine Article Feb 1985 by K.W.”

Becoming Whole – Grapevine Article June 1979 by J.M.

AFTER WE HAVE put the cork in the bottle (Step One) and unloaded the garbage (Step Five), a burden is lifted from our shoulders–a burden we have borne so long, we have come to think of it as a permanent fixture. Step Three has removed the heavy responsibility of judging others and ourselves. In short,Continue reading “Becoming Whole – Grapevine Article June 1979 by J.M.”

Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M

An AA considers how an alcoholic can come to accept the past for what was At a meeting last week, I heard a man with over 10 years sober speak. He made a comment that he still had a hard time with the concept of not regretting the past. He still felt badly about someContinue reading “Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M”

Mashup – The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article & Dr. Bob’s Farewell

The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article June 2021 By Howard D. If I am ever concerned or confused about what to do, I ask myself this question: What is the loving thing to do here? It took me decades to realize that the goal of recovery is sobriety and unconditional love of others and myself.Continue reading “Mashup – The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article & Dr. Bob’s Farewell”