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.”

We Need Outside Help – As Bill Sees It #248

It was evident that a solitary self-appraisal, and the admission of our defects based upon that alone, wouldn’t be nearly enough. We’d have to have outside help if we were surely to know and admit the truth about ourselves–the help of God and of another human being. Only by discussing ourselves, holding back nothing, onlyContinue reading “We Need Outside Help – As Bill Sees It #248”

Spiritually Fit – As Bill Sees It # 280

Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. People have said we must not go where liquor is served; we must not have it in our homes; we must shun friends who drink; we must avoid moving pictures which show drinking scenes; we must notContinue reading “Spiritually Fit – As Bill Sees It # 280”

Face The Music – As Bill Sees It #251

Don’t be too discouraged about that slip. Practically always, we drunks learn the hard way. Your idea of moving on to somewhere else may be good, or it may not. Perhaps you have got into an emotional or economic jam that can’t be well handled where you are. But maybe you are doing just whatContinue reading “Face The Music – As Bill Sees It #251”

Who I Want To Be – Grapevine Article March 2009 by Dwight E.

Facing eight years in jail , a dad with two fatally ill kids chooses sobriety By the time I was 18, I was a daily drinker. I graduated from a vocational high school and got a job working in a steel mill. I met a girl at church who later became my wife. We boughtContinue reading “Who I Want To Be – Grapevine Article March 2009 by Dwight E.”

An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.

I AM an alcoholic and an atheist. I am addressing this to those alcoholics who have had trouble with the religious overtones in the AA program. But let me state first that it depresses me to think of what life would be like without AA. It has been long on my mind to write thisContinue reading “An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.”