Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap

Emotional entanglements with people are not the only way we can get our sobriety dangerously hooked to something extraneous . Some of us have a tendency to put other conditions on our sobriety , without intending to . One A.A . member says , “ We drunks * are very ‘ iffy ’ people .Continue reading “Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap”

Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.

This Christmas Eve, a lonely newcomer learned that choosing joy was the way to go It was 1984 and Christmas was approaching. I hadn’t had a visit nor heard from a single friend or relative since I had moved into this recovery house more than three months earlier. No one called to say they missedContinue reading “Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.”

Reflection – October 25th Walk In Dry Places Entitled Different Routes to Alcoholism

Understanding powerlessness While alcoholics have much in common, the personal stories heard at AA open meetings show that we took different routes to alcoholism. Some became out-of-control drinkers almost from the beginning. Others lost control slowly after years of seemingly moderate drinking. These differences are underscored by the fact that we also differ in physicalContinue reading “Reflection – October 25th Walk In Dry Places Entitled Different Routes to Alcoholism”

Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th

The universal human yearning (is) for something permanent, enduring, without shadow of change   —Willa Cather The specter of change builds dread in most of us. We fear the effects on our personal lives. We lack faith that the impending change will benefit us. Only time can assure us of that. And it will, justContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning Saturday October 24th”

Endless Possibilities – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Snow P

While a cruise ship travel agent’s business is in rough waters, a world of AA service keeps her afloat They said, “Don’t rest on your laurels,” because the enemy never sleeps. I don’t believe I have seen any laurels around recently, but I could have been lulled into thinking I deserve some since I haveContinue reading “Endless Possibilities – Grapevine Article November 2020 By Snow P”

On Cultivating Tolerance – Grapevine Article by AA Co-Founder Dr. Bob July 1944

During nine years in A.A. I have observed that those who follow the Alcoholics Anonymous program with the greatest earnestness and zeal, not only maintain sobriety, but often acquire finer characteristics and attitudes as well. One of these is tolerance. Tolerance expresses itself in a variety of ways: in kindness and consideration toward the manContinue reading “On Cultivating Tolerance – Grapevine Article by AA Co-Founder Dr. Bob July 1944”

3rd Step Prayer From As Bill Sees It With A Slight Modification In Wording Using ‘My Transcendence’ rather than ‘Victory’

210 Out of Bondage At Step Three, many of us said to our Maker, as we understood Him: “God, I offer myself to Thee—to build with me and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may better do Thy will. Take away my difficulties, that myContinue reading “3rd Step Prayer From As Bill Sees It With A Slight Modification In Wording Using ‘My Transcendence’ rather than ‘Victory’”

Reflection October 11th – Everyday A New Beginning

Be still and listen to the stillness within.  —Darlene Larson Jenks No answer eludes us if we turn to the source of all answers – the stillness within. Prayer accompanied by meditation will always provide the answers we need for the situations facing us. The answers we want are not guaranteed, however. We must trustContinue reading “Reflection October 11th – Everyday A New Beginning”

We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S

MY LOCAL MEETINGS ARE BIG on this spot – check reminder : you get what you get ; it’s what you do with it that counts From attending AA meetings in Iowa for the two years I spent in graduate school there, I brought home this question to add to my daily Tenth Step checklistContinue reading “We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S”

Daily Reflection – September 19th “Each Day A New Beginning”

…concern should drive us into action and not into depression.  —Karen Horney The role of victim is all too familiar to many of us. Life did us injustices – we thought. And we passively waited for circumstances to change. With the bottle we waited, or maybe the little white pills. Nothing was our fault. ThatContinue reading “Daily Reflection – September 19th “Each Day A New Beginning””