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.”

The Will to Live – Grapevine Article March 1964 by Marguerite C.

There are days when I’m not happy, but I don’t want to be drunk. IT is a strange, yet comforting, truth that whenever we hit a low period in our life in AA, when we find ourselves depressed for no apparent reason, sooner or later something outside ourselves brings us back up to the oldContinue reading “The Will to Live – Grapevine Article March 1964 by Marguerite C.”

The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.

It may be heard in the rising and falling of a child’s breath at night In May 1993, I entered the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the midst of a very painful divorce resulting from years of alcohol abuse on my part. My two children, aged two and three at the time, were caught inContinue reading “The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.”

Putting Away Childish Things – Grapevine Article August 1985 by S.M.

AS A PRACTICING “heavy drinker, I’m no alcoholic!” I was noted for my exaggerated enthusiasm and for my temper; I laughed easily and could become angry just as quickly. I suppose it was a matter of swinging between exhilaration and depression; there was an attitude of contempt for whatever was “moderate.” “All or nothing atContinue reading “Putting Away Childish Things – Grapevine Article August 1985 by S.M.”

Where’s My Reward? – Grapevine Article September 2005 by Christine P.

Sober twelve years, an AA wonders when she’ll get the big pay-off This coming October will mark my twelfth year of sobriety, but even with the passage of time, the inner demons of the alcoholic mind don’t roll over and die that easily. As my AA birthday draws near, a lot of old stuff hasContinue reading “Where’s My Reward? – Grapevine Article September 2005 by Christine P.”

The Key to Belonging – Grapevine Article September 2000 by Karen S.

Growing up, I was an angry, lonely, frightened kid. I didn’t know how to make friends, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to. Recess was the most painful part of my day–I’d sit on the outskirts of the playground, sensing that I wasn’t welcome to play tag or kickball. I watched the other children, takingContinue reading “The Key to Belonging – Grapevine Article September 2000 by Karen S.”

The Great Fact – As Bill Sees It #331

We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order.But obviously you cannot transmit something you haven’t got.Continue reading “The Great Fact – As Bill Sees It #331”

The Power of the Program – Grapevine Article July 1978 by C.S.

Continuing work on the Steps will keep us connected with I HAD COME to the AA program and had found a new way to live. Life was good. I experienced a level of freedom and happiness I had never before known. Then, after almost five years of peaceful, contented sobriety, the honeymoon was over. InContinue reading “The Power of the Program – Grapevine Article July 1978 by C.S.”

Staying Open to Change – Grapevine Article April 1994 by Ed C.

This AA says we need to feel free to look into “every dark cranny of the past” in order to understand ourselves I recently heard at a meeting, “If you really work the Third Step fully, like I did, you won’t need any outside help.” The next person added that his sponsor had told himContinue reading “Staying Open to Change – Grapevine Article April 1994 by Ed C.”

Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948

It is gratifying to feel that one belongs to and has a definite personal part in the work of a growing and spiritually prospering organization for the release of the alcoholics of mankind from a deadly enslavement. For me, there is double gratification in the realization that, more than thirteen years ago, an all-wise Providence,Continue reading “Dr. Bob The Fundamentals – In Retrospect – Grapevine Article September 1948”