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.”

And Letting Go Of It – AA Daily Reflections July 7th

… primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The differenceContinue reading “And Letting Go Of It – AA Daily Reflections July 7th”

A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.

WE MEMBERS of AA do not have a monopoly on feeling uncomfortable. Over and over, I hear my fellows (and me, too, sometimes) lament some “alcoholic” discomfort or other. It seems to me that many of those feelings are not so much alcoholic as they are human. A good example is contained in the promiseContinue reading “A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.”

Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.

I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous four years ago. I was suicidal, filled with rage, and completely baffled by this strange disease that had taken control of my life, my soul, my mind, and my spirit. I went into a treatment center, attended meetings there, prayed, read all the AA literature IContinue reading “Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.”

Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles

Being honest about the reality of our lives while at the same time being open-minded and willing to respond differently to these realities is the heart and soul of recovery whether you have 2 days , 2 months , 2 years , or decades of sobriety. We also become clear that our denials, fears, resentments,Continue reading “Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles”

Tolerance Keeps Us Sober – As Bill Sees It – #312

“Honesty with ourselves and others gets us sober, but it is tolerance that keeps us that way.” “Experience shows that few alcoholics will long stay away from a group because they don’t like the way it is run. Most return and adjust themselves to whatever conditions they must. Some go to a different group, orContinue reading “Tolerance Keeps Us Sober – As Bill Sees It – #312”

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.”

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”

Self-Respect Through Sacrifice – As Bill Sees It #97

At the beginning we sacrificed alcohol. We had to, or it would have killed us. But we couldn’t get rid of alcohol unless we made other sacrifices. We had to toss self-justification, self- pity, and anger right out the window. We had to quit the crazy contest for personal prestige and big bank balances. WeContinue reading “Self-Respect Through Sacrifice – As Bill Sees It #97”

As Real As I Can Be – Grapevine Article May 2008 Lisa N

Step Five – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. I once heard at a meeting that Step Five was about integrity. By that time in my sobriety, I had realized that I didn’t always understand the correct meaning of words, so I looked it up.Continue reading “As Real As I Can Be – Grapevine Article May 2008 Lisa N”