Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1999 by Jim N.

Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. The way I read Step Six, Bill seems to be saying, “Don’t be in too much of a hurry to get better.” And the longer I’m sober, the clearer it becomes that I’m not really in charge of this gettingContinue reading “Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1999 by Jim N.”

A Saving Principle – As Bill Sees It #164

The practice of admitting one’s defects to another person is, of course, very ancient. It has been validated in every century, and it characterizes the lives of all spiritually centered and truly religious people. But today religion is by no means the sole advocate of this saving principle. Psychiatrists and psychologists point out the deepContinue reading “A Saving Principle – As Bill Sees It #164”

Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.

It keeps our memories green and our hearts grateful FEAR, FOR THIS alcoholic, is a two-edged sword. It really cuts both ways. If you don’t believe me, read on. When I drank, in periodic binges, the panic inside me cut through the anesthesia of alcohol and tranquilizers. Sheer, free-floating terror demanded that I seek oblivion.Continue reading “Reasonable Fear – Grapevine Article June 1982 by D.K.”

After the “Honeymoon “ – As Bill Sees It #216

For most of us, the first years of A.A. are something like a honeymoon. There is a new and potent reason to stay alive, joyful activity aplenty. For a time, we are diverted from the main life problems. That is all to the good. But when the honeymoon has worn off, we are obliged toContinue reading “After the “Honeymoon “ – As Bill Sees It #216”

How It Works At Work – Big Book Page 63

We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed His work well. Established on such a footing we became less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and designs. More and more we became interested in seeing what we could contribute toContinue reading “How It Works At Work – Big Book Page 63”

To Thine Own Self Be True – Grapevine Article February 2003 by Steve C.

It’s the path to freedom Self-concern and fear dominated me most of my life. I was also afraid that people could detect my fear so I drank to escape it and to escape from myself. When I was sober for two and a half years, I realized that the quality of my life left meContinue reading “To Thine Own Self Be True – Grapevine Article February 2003 by Steve C.”

Renew Your Effort – As Bill Sees It #68

“Though I know how hurt and sorry you must be after this slip, please do not worry about a temporary loss of your inner peace. As calmly as you can, just renew your effort on the A.A. program, especially those parts of it which have to do with meditation and self-analysis. “Could I also suggestContinue reading “Renew Your Effort – As Bill Sees It #68”

I Am Thankful – Grapevine Article August 1949 by Anonymous

I am thankful to be free from the undefined fears with which I traveled, but I am more thankful to walk in the shadow of known fears today. I am thankful to be released from spiteful envy of the talents of others, but I am more thankful to be desirous of even meagerly emulating thoseContinue reading “I Am Thankful – Grapevine Article August 1949 by Anonymous”

In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.

A report from Phuket, Thailand The moment of silence before we begin meetings here in Phuket has taken on new levels of significance since December’s tsunami. Many of us have shared as to how the principles of AA have guided our actions in attending the wounded, searching for the dead, and helping to rebuild theContinue reading “In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.”

People-Pleasing – Practice These Principles by Ray A.

“When I uncovered my need for approval in the Fourth Step, I didn’t think it should rank as a character defect.” – “Character Building,” AA’s Daily Reflections, April 2 The writer of this meditation goes on to state that she wanted to think of her need for approval more as an asset, in that itContinue reading “People-Pleasing – Practice These Principles by Ray A.”