Pro•Cras•Tin•A•Tion – Grapevine Article June 2021 by Nicholas L.

When he does the Steps, character defects get lifted. But is today the day to be ready to look at this five-syllable word? This morning I sat down at my desk, which is inundated with papers that have been building into heaps over the two years since my ex-wife ceased doing my paperwork. Looking atContinue reading “Pro•Cras•Tin•A•Tion – Grapevine Article June 2021 by Nicholas L.”

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”

No Need To Fear – Grapevine Article May 2021 by T.S.

Alcohol convinced him he was all alone, unable to live life. The Steps brought him back into the light Before I got sober, most of my time was spent drinking and thinking about how I should be elevated to the appropriate stature that I so rightly deserved. I was determined to prove to everyone thatContinue reading “No Need To Fear – Grapevine Article May 2021 by T.S.”

Exchanging Love and Service – 12/12 pages 121,122

“As time passed we found that with the help of AA’s Twelve Steps we could lose those fears, no matter what our material prospects were. We could cheerfully perform humble labor without worrying about tomorrow. If our circumstances happened to be good, we no longer dreaded a change for the worse, for we had learnedContinue reading “Exchanging Love and Service – 12/12 pages 121,122”

Fear – Big Book Pages 67, 68

Notice that the word “fear” is bracketed alongside the difficulties with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Jones, the employer, and the wife. This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstancesContinue reading “Fear – Big Book Pages 67, 68”

April 24th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

She knows omnipotence has heard her prayer and cries, “It shall be done – sometime , somewhere” – Ophelia Guyon Browning Patience is a quality that frequently eludes us. We want what we want when we want it. Fortunately, we don’t get it until the time is right, but the waiting convinces us our prayersContinue reading “April 24th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”

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”

April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

An element of recovery is learning that we deserve success, the good things that come to us, and also that pain is a reality. We have the strength to deal with that pain without medicating, and it will pass. —Dudley Martineau Many of us didn’t understand the changing variables in being human. Our coping skillsContinue reading “April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”

Daily Reprieve – Big Book Page 86

It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every dayContinue reading “Daily Reprieve – Big Book Page 86”

Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.

It is a rare and precious moment when it first dawns on us that we are free and without fear AT A RECENT meeting I attended, someone broached the subject “peace of mind,” and as usual the kaleidoscope of AA began to produce many different patterns of thought. By the time most of us reachContinue reading “Gratitude on an Easter Morning – Grapevine Article April 1970 by J.B.”