That Elusive Humility – Grapevine Article November 1958 by John L.

“EVERYBODY talks about humility ain’t got it . . . ” This paraphrase of the well-known spiritual’s denial of unanimous claims to heaven is just as true as the original, perhaps more so. For probably some people who do talk about heaven are going there. But no one who claims humility for himself has it.Continue reading “That Elusive Humility – Grapevine Article November 1958 by John L.”

Burn Into The Consciousness – Big Book Page 98

The men who cry for money and shelter before conquering alcohol, are on the wrong track. Yet we do go to great extremes to provide each other with these very things, when such action is warranted. This may seem inconsistent, but we think it is not. It is not the matter of giving that isContinue reading “Burn Into The Consciousness – Big Book Page 98”

A Vision For You – The Problem – Big Book Page 151

For most normal folks, drinking means conviviality, companionship and colorful imagination. It means release from care, boredom and worry. It is joyous intimacy with friends and a feeling that life is good. But not so with us in those last days of heavy drinking. The old pleasures were gone. They were but memories. Never couldContinue reading “A Vision For You – The Problem – Big Book Page 151”

The Wine Of Success – As Bill Sees It #19

Disagreeable or unexpected problems are not the only ones that call for self-control. We must be quite as careful when we begin to achieve some measure of importance and material success. For no people have ever loved personal triumphs more than we have loved them; we drank of success as of a wine which couldContinue reading “The Wine Of Success – As Bill Sees It #19”

Two Kinds of Pride – As Bill Sees It #107

The prideful righteousness of “good people” may often be just as destructive as the glaring sins of those who are supposedly not so good. << << << >> >> >> We loved to shout the damaging fact that millions of the “good men of religion” were still killing one another off in the name ofContinue reading “Two Kinds of Pride – As Bill Sees It #107”

Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th

There were deep secrets, hidden in my heart, never said for fear others would scoff or sneer. At last I can reveal my sufferings, for the strength I once felt in silence has lost all its power. —Deidra Sarault There is magic in sharing ourselves with someone else. We learn from Steps Four and FiveContinue reading “Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th”

Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.

I first came into the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous four years ago. I was suicidal, filled with rage, and completely baffled by this strange disease that had taken control of my life, my soul, my mind, and my spirit. I went into a treatment center, attended meetings there, prayed, read all the AA literature IContinue reading “Hope From The Hopeless – Grapevine Article May 1992 by Linda B.”

What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.

I can remember the first time I read the following sentence from chapter five of the Big Book: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” I was sitting at a Big Book meeting, only a few months into the program, still pretty shaky and confused. But those words gave me a feeling of releaseContinue reading “What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.”

Self-Respect Through Sacrifice – As Bill Sees It #97

At the beginning we sacrificed alcohol. We had to, or it would have killed us. But we couldn’t get rid of alcohol unless we made other sacrifices. We had to toss self-justification, self- pity, and anger right out the window. We had to quit the crazy contest for personal prestige and big bank balances. WeContinue reading “Self-Respect Through Sacrifice – As Bill Sees It #97”

Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.

On the finer points of isolation We have all done it. Many of us isolated when we drank, and some still do in sobriety. We may dress it up as “hibernating” or “being alone,” but it is usually not a positive thing. Generally, I am not good company for myself. Being accountable to my sponsorContinue reading “Alone With Me – Grapevine Article January 2007 by Pam K.”