When A.A. was still young, lots of eager groups were forming. In a town we’ll call Middleton, a real crackerjack had started up. The townspeople were as hot as firecrackers about it. Stargazing, the elders dreamed of innovations. They figured the town needed a great big alcoholic center, a kind of pilot plant A.A. groupsContinue reading “Origins of Rule 62 ‘Don’t Take Yourself Too Damn Seriously’ – Twelve & Twelve Tradition 4”
Category Archives: Laughter
How Do I Respond To Failing – Each Day A New Beginning Feb 3rd
When we begin to take our failures non-seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.–Katherine Mansfield Perfectionism and its control over our lives stands seriously in the way of our growth and well-being, emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. Life’s lessons comeContinue reading “How Do I Respond To Failing – Each Day A New Beginning Feb 3rd”
Release And Joy – As Bill Sees It # 163
Who can render an account of all the miseries that once were ours, and who can estimate the release and joy that later years have brought to us? Who can possibly tell the vast consequences of what God’s work through A.A. has already set in motion? And who can penetrate the deeper mystery of ourContinue reading “Release And Joy – As Bill Sees It # 163”
The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.
Right from the start, AA spread simply by one drunk talking to another. Bill W. called on Doctor Bob in 1935 in Akron and AA was born. A physician, Dr. William Silkworth, who had worked intensely with alcoholics, was quick to see the possibilities for growth in this approach. But he was also vocal andContinue reading “The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.”
The Experiment And Experience Of A New Way Of Living – Mashup Of Meditation and Grapevine Article
This mashup may be useful in helping us realize how the truth of our experience is both deeply held and transformed by what we do. The mashup begins with a powerful meditation asking the question of where do those truths we hold deepest in our hearts come from. Next, the Grapevine article may help usContinue reading “The Experiment And Experience Of A New Way Of Living – Mashup Of Meditation and Grapevine Article”
A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.B.
He had changed in sobriety–and it showed THERE WAS a time when my main problem was trying to get enough courage to kill myself. I am a victim of leprosy of the soul, commonly called alcoholism. They tell me it is incurable. I believe them. I have seen many people die a miserable death fromContinue reading “A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.B.”
Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H
My sponsor got a chuckle out of my first reaction to the over-stuffed garbage can. I was once again reminded that if I learn to laugh at myself, I can have a lifetime of entertainment. I walked out to the curb to bring our empty trash can back to the house. As I grabbed theContinue reading “Keeping A Lid On It – Grapevine Article September 2021 by Norm H”
Love With No Price Tag – Daily Reflection December 9th
When the Twelfth Step is seen in its full implication, it is really talking about the kind of love that has no price tag on it.— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 106 In order for me to start working the Twelfth Step, I had to work on sincerity and honesty, and to learn toContinue reading “Love With No Price Tag – Daily Reflection December 9th”
The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.
Eighteen years ago I made a beginning in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. For nine years I’d hidden literature about AA in my bureau drawer before I finally began to learn what the words in these pamphlets really meant. When I first came into the rooms of AA, I was a bit grandiose. I’d sitContinue reading “The Joy Is in the Journey – Grapevine Article December 1994 by B.J.B.”
Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.
IT WAS VERY difficult to turn my life and will over to the care of a God I did not trust–a loving God, but a just God–a merciful God, but an omnipotent God capable of great wrath–a God who kept me in suspense wondering if He was going to deliver the goods to make meContinue reading “Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.”