‘The Unbeliever’ – Big Book Story by Hank P. from the 1st Edition

DULL . . . listless . . . semicomatose . . . I lay on my bed in a famous hospital for alcoholics. Death or worse had been my sentence. What was the difference? What difference did anything make? Why think of those things which were gone-why worry about the results of my drunken escapades?Continue reading “‘The Unbeliever’ – Big Book Story by Hank P. from the 1st Edition”

Humility Takes Center Stage – Grapevine Article July 2020 by David S.

His chance to impress everyone at the big event became a starring role for Step Seven Finally, I would have my moment, if only a brief one, in the AA spotlight. Oh, never mind those leads at my local AA groups, wonderful opportunities that they were to share my experience, strength and hope. This wouldContinue reading “Humility Takes Center Stage – Grapevine Article July 2020 by David S.”

Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of a sponsee, his sponsor reflects back on life, service, and relapse in AA “Ken, I think something bad happened to Dan.” With those words, spoken softly over the telephone by a fellow recovering alcoholic early one evening last spring, my worst fears as an AA sponsor beganContinue reading “Yes to Sobriety – Grapevine Article Web Exclusive by Ken K.”

The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P

We all have painful emotions and memories to deal with when we get sober. Long-buried feelings surface, and we begin to see how much pain we caused ourselves and the people who cared about us. Can we live with this pain? I am coming to believe that we can, if we allow pain to flow,Continue reading “The Power of Pain – Grapevine Article July 2000 By Suzanne P”

Meditation – Twelve & Twelve Pages 98-102

There is a direct linkage among self-examination, meditation, and prayer. Taken separately, these practices can bring much relief and benefit. But when they are logically related and interwoven, the result is an unshakable foundation for life. Now and then we may be granted a glimpse of that ultimate reality which is God’s kingdom. And weContinue reading “Meditation – Twelve & Twelve Pages 98-102”

Seeking Fool’s Gold – As Bill Sees It Reflection #12

Pride is the basic breeder of most human difficulties, the chief block to true progress. Pride lures us into making demands upon ourselves or upon others which cannot be met without perverting or misusing our God-given instincts. When the satisfaction of our instincts for sex, security, and a place in society becomes the primary objectContinue reading “Seeking Fool’s Gold – As Bill Sees It Reflection #12”

A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37

One exercise that I practice is to try for a full inventory of my blessings and then for a right acceptance of the many gifts that are mine—both temporal and spiritual. Here I try to achieve a state of joyful gratitude. When such a brand of gratitude is repeatedly affirmed and pondered, it can finallyContinue reading “A Full And Thankful Heart – As Bill Sees It Page 37”

Out of the Dark – As Bill Sees It Page 10

Self-searching is the means by which we bring new vision, action, and grace to bear upon the dark and negative side of our natures. With it comes the development of that kind of humility that makes it possible for us to receive God’s help. Yet it is only a step. We will want to goContinue reading “Out of the Dark – As Bill Sees It Page 10”

Sponsorship Goes Both Ways – May 1998 Grapevine Article AA General Services Office

A.A.’s program of recovery is spiritual, but the hands-on action of two drunks – one sober, the other new or returning from a slip-helping each other is what glues it together, as our co-founders quickly found out. Looking back on their relationship some years later, Bill W. observed, “Dr. Bob did not need me forContinue reading “Sponsorship Goes Both Ways – May 1998 Grapevine Article AA General Services Office”