An Open Heart and an Open Mind – Grapevine Article

FOR OVER twenty months, I have been graced with the fellowship of AA meetings, gradual growth and maturation, and the ability to stay away from alcohol and other mind-changing drugs one day at a time. My participation in the AA program of recovery has made me aware of how little I know and how limitedContinue reading “An Open Heart and an Open Mind – Grapevine Article”

Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous

In a phone call on New Year’s Day, a college professor told me she’d failed my final paper for her course. I could rewrite the paper, she said, correcting the shortcomings, possibly retaining my overall A for the course. Or I could let it go and accept the B average my failure to follow directionsContinue reading “Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous”

Citizens Again – As Bill Sees It #21

“Each of us in turn—that is, the member who gets the most out of the program—spends a very large amount of time on Twelfth Step work in the early years. That was my case, and perhaps I should not have stayed sober with less work. “However, sooner or later most of us are presented withContinue reading “Citizens Again – As Bill Sees It #21”

In All Our Affairs – Grapevine Article July 1956 by H.W.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs WORDS HAVE A WAY of taking on an entirely new significance when we enter into the new world opened up to us by AA sobriety. We allContinue reading “In All Our Affairs – Grapevine Article July 1956 by H.W.”

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”

A Way Of Life – 11th Step Excerpt from Grapevine Article December 1999 by Jim N.

Many people believe that we “go through” the Steps in an orderly fashion, the way you pass through a series of doors. For me, it’s a revolving door. I believe I was getting something from Step Eleven at my first meeting. Here I was a helpless, hopeless drunk looking at people who didn’t drink anymoreContinue reading “A Way Of Life – 11th Step Excerpt from Grapevine Article December 1999 by Jim N.”

The Sense Of Belonging – As Bill Sees It #117

Perhaps one of the greatest rewards of meditation and prayer is the sense of belonging that comes to us. We no longer live in a completely hostile world. We are no longer lost and frightened and purposeless. The moment we catch even a glimpse of God’s will, the moment we begin to see truth, justice,Continue reading “The Sense Of Belonging – As Bill Sees It #117”

Prayer & Meditation- Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)

Step Eleven suggests prayer and meditation. We shouldn’t be shy on this matter of prayer. Better men than we are using it constantly. It works, if we have the proper attitude and work at it. It would be easy to be vague about this matter. Yet, we believe we can make some definite and valuableContinue reading “Prayer & Meditation- Big Book Step 11 (Pages 85 – 88)”

Where the Words Come From – Grapevine Article May 1960 by K.B.C.

THE story in a recent issue (February, 1960) of the Grapevine about AA life on an Indian Reservation called to mind a true story which has almost become a legend out here in the Southwest. At a meeting in Southern Arizona, three Papago Indians were in attendance one night. Two were very young and oneContinue reading “Where the Words Come From – Grapevine Article May 1960 by K.B.C.”

Sounds of Silence – Grapevine Article April 2004 by Jean C.

They can be heard anytime the bondage of self drops away My home group usually seizes up if there’s a whole forty-five seconds of silence between shares. Then someone leaps into the breach, saying, “I’ll talk because I just can’t stand the silence.” This might be part of my problem with meditation. As an alcoholic,Continue reading “Sounds of Silence – Grapevine Article April 2004 by Jean C.”