As Real As I Can Be – Grapevine Article May 2008 Lisa N

Step Five – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. I once heard at a meeting that Step Five was about integrity. By that time in my sobriety, I had realized that I didn’t always understand the correct meaning of words, so I looked it up.Continue reading “As Real As I Can Be – Grapevine Article May 2008 Lisa N”

True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46

We have had a much keener look at ourselves and those about us. We have seen that we were prodded by unreasonable fears or anxieties into making a life business of winning fame, money, and what we thought was leadership. So false pride became the reverse side of that ruinous coin marked “Fear.” We simplyContinue reading “True Ambition – and False ; As Bill Sees It # 46”

Resentments – Big Book Pages 64 – 67

Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. In dealing with resentments, we set themContinue reading “Resentments – Big Book Pages 64 – 67”

As Real As I Can Be – Grapevine Article May 2003 by Lisa N.

Step Five – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. I once heard at a meeting that Step Five was about integrity. By that time in my sobriety, I had realized that I didn’t always understand the correct meaning of words, so I looked it up.Continue reading “As Real As I Can Be – Grapevine Article May 2003 by Lisa N.”

Is Happiness the Goal? – As Bill Sees It #306

I don’t think happiness or unhappiness is the point. How do we meet the problems we face? How do we best learn from them and transmit what we have learned to others, if they would receive the knowledge? In my view, we of this world are pupils in a great school of life. It isContinue reading “Is Happiness the Goal? – As Bill Sees It #306”

Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment isContinue reading “Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5”

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.”

Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C

I just finished reading another of those “Stay out of AA if you’re an addict!” letters in the Grapevine, and felt compelled to share my alcohol-related experience. I first came to AA for help because alcohol had dissolved my moral fiber to the point where I got so drunk I took LSD to “go alongContinue reading “Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C”

Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W

Part I. In its deeper sense AA is a quest for freedom–freedom under God. Of course the immediate object of our quest is sobriety–freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willingContinue reading “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W”

The People Principle – Grapevine Article June 1987 by M.R.

We’re all human–why pretend to be perfect? I’m tired of all the goody, goody stories about AA and how simply great and wonderful everybody is. Let’s be real for a minute. In our drinking we all did our share of running away from reality and pretending things weren’t really “that bad.” They tell us inContinue reading “The People Principle – Grapevine Article June 1987 by M.R.”