Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W

Note – The section of this article in bold below may be a useful way of supplement to the section of the AA Big Book Chapter ’A Vision For You’ which recounts the humbling origins of A.A. and the essential beginning of one alcoholic helping another that is still its foundation. You can see thisContinue reading “Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W”

In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous

About a year ago I read an article written by Bill W. titled “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety.” He wrote this article late in his AA recovery and it deals with that wonderfully terrifying realm–beyond not drinking. To me, it was the most powerful thing he ever wrote, along with the Big Book. It openedContinue reading “In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous”

The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.

How the AA program deals with our need for self-approval and recognition by others OBSERVE an alcoholic at the ripest point of a bender, and you’ll see a pretty complete demonstration of proven ways to lose friends and alienate people. Almost anything he does, from talking too loudly to burning holes in a hostess’ carpet,Continue reading “The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.”

How The Twelve Steps Were Born – Grapevine Article September 1962 by Bill W.

AT 17 William Street, Newark, New Jersey, Hank had an office which was the headquarters for a rapidly failing business. He also had a secretary named Ruth. The other assets consisted of a huge desk and some plush furniture. Each morning I traveled all the way from Brooklyn to Newark where, pacing up and downContinue reading “How The Twelve Steps Were Born – Grapevine Article September 1962 by Bill W.”

Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.

There are times now when my sons say, “Hey, Mom, the old Man is getting mellow! Part of it is gentle mockery; the rest an acknowledgment by them of what LIVE AND LET LIVE has changed in me–at least to a degree. It wasn’t always thus, and my wife and sons ought to know becauseContinue reading “Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.”

Spiritual Axiom – As Bill Sees It #309

It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us. If somebody hurts us and we are sore, we are in the wrong. But are there no exceptions to this rule? What about “justifiable” anger? If somebody cheats us, aren’t we entitled toContinue reading “Spiritual Axiom – As Bill Sees It #309”

Clear The Path To Your Heart – July 11th Meditation from Journey To The Heart

I watched Old Faithful from my window. The geyser gurgled and spewed a low layer of steam. Then true to its name, Old Faithful erupted and sprayed thousands of gallons of steaming water into the air. Right on time. A full range of gurgling emotions, reactions, and responses to life line the pathway to theContinue reading “Clear The Path To Your Heart – July 11th Meditation from Journey To The Heart”

Survival Comes First – Grapevine Article April 1983 by B.B.

MY FIRST YEAR of sobriety has been long, difficult, and painful. Looking back on it now, I don’t at all understand why I had such a hard time believing my patient and understanding sponsor when he’d keep repeating, “The first year is about survival.” It was definitely about that, even when I couldn’t recognize it.Continue reading “Survival Comes First – Grapevine Article April 1983 by B.B.”

Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.

. . . the unease that makes us want to do a better job of living – From the June 1965 Grapevine IT IS AMAZING and a little depressing to see so many of our members drive themselves like madmen for perfect peace of mind and absolute serenity. Bags under their eyes, frowns on theirContinue reading “Thank God for Despair – Grapevine Article June 1965 by E.M.”

Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart

I lay on the cot in the bathhouse at the mineral springs. I was wrapped from head to toe in a woolen blanket. As I lay there, the blanket covering my face. I could almost feel each break line in my heart. I could feel the fractures in a way I hadn’t before. I knewContinue reading “Heal Your Broken Heart – September 15th Meditation From Journey To The Heart”