Pro•Cras•Tin•A•Tion – Grapevine Article June 2021 by Nicholas L.

When he does the Steps, character defects get lifted. But is today the day to be ready to look at this five-syllable word? This morning I sat down at my desk, which is inundated with papers that have been building into heaps over the two years since my ex-wife ceased doing my paperwork. Looking atContinue reading “Pro•Cras•Tin•A•Tion – Grapevine Article June 2021 by Nicholas L.”

Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.

On the finer points of isolation We have all done it. Many of us isolated when we drank, and some still do in sobriety. We may dress it up as “hibernating” or “being alone,” but it is usually not a positive thing. Generally, I am not good company for myself. Being accountable to my sponsorContinue reading “Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.”

Beyond Step 1 – Grapevine Article June 1974 by Sally H.

Are we missing a great and thrilling adventure because we cannot honestly say, “Here are the steps we took”? BEYOND STEP ONE lies a country most of us never visited before, not even in our dreams. It is a new land, unexplored territory. Once we step over its borders, we can never go back andContinue reading “Beyond Step 1 – Grapevine Article June 1974 by Sally H.”

Power of Acceptance – Grapevine Article October 1984 by J.E.

MANY OF MY earliest memories are of trying very hard, with a small child’s limited resources, to change the people, places, and things in my little life that were unacceptable to me. In fact, it seems that all my life I have pitted my strength and ingenuity against unacceptable situations, trying to change them intoContinue reading “Power of Acceptance – Grapevine Article October 1984 by J.E.”

Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117

After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security—emotional security and financial security—commence to change profoundly. Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people. Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had beenContinue reading “Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117”

April 24th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

She knows omnipotence has heard her prayer and cries, “It shall be done – sometime , somewhere” – Ophelia Guyon Browning Patience is a quality that frequently eludes us. We want what we want when we want it. Fortunately, we don’t get it until the time is right, but the waiting convinces us our prayersContinue reading “April 24th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”

April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

An element of recovery is learning that we deserve success, the good things that come to us, and also that pain is a reality. We have the strength to deal with that pain without medicating, and it will pass. —Dudley Martineau Many of us didn’t understand the changing variables in being human. Our coping skillsContinue reading “April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”

Living the Steps – Grapevine Article December 1979 by S.M.

Self-acceptance was only one of many rewards he found in working and reworking the Steps IN THE LAST six months, I’ve begun to experience the striking benefits of working and reworking the Twelve Steps on a regular basis. My life is changing; my relationships with my family are improving; work goes better; and I’ve startedContinue reading “Living the Steps – Grapevine Article December 1979 by S.M.”

The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.

“Mom, can you take me and Andy to the tennis courts on the way to school tonight?” “Mom, can you drop me off at Scott’s? It’s on the way to the courts.” “Mom, can Jason spend the night since the other boys won’t be home? You could pick him up on the way home fromContinue reading “The Changing of One Small Heart – Grapevine Article October 1992 By Carla D.”

Learning To Listen – Grapevine Article March 1979 by R.O.

His cry for help was his moment of truth WHEN I DRANK, I talked a great deal. I talked at home, at parties, in bars, and on the phone. I repeated myself, revealed intimate details of my life to strangers, fabricated events and adventures, and frequently insulted or offended acquaintances. Some conversations lasted into theContinue reading “Learning To Listen – Grapevine Article March 1979 by R.O.”