Self-Confidence and Will Power – As Bill Sees It #42

When we were first challenged to admit defeat, most of us revolted. We had approached A.A. expecting to be taught self-confidence. Then we had been told so far as alcohol was concerned, self-confidence was no good whatever; in fact, it was a total liability. There was no such thing as personal conquest of the alcoholicContinue reading “Self-Confidence and Will Power – As Bill Sees It #42”

Personality Change – Grapevine Article February 1972 by D.B.

Alcoholic patterns give way to new qualities of behavior IN THE BOOK As Bill Sees It—the AA Way of Life, it is stated, “. . .no true alky ever stops drinking permanently without undergoing a profound personality change.” This statement has frequently puzzled me. Recently, at discussion meetings, I have been led to believe that othersContinue reading “Personality Change – Grapevine Article February 1972 by D.B.”

Step 1 Surrender & Humility – Practice These Principles By Ray A.

The admission of powerlessness is a distinctly AA way of practicing certain spiritual principles that are key to recovery. Chief among these are the discipline of surrender and the virtue of humility. We have characterized these two principles as being foundational to the entire program, underlying all the Steps and extending through all stages ofContinue reading “Step 1 Surrender & Humility – Practice These Principles By Ray A.”

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.”

Living With Unresolved Problems – Just For Today Meditation November 2nd

It makes a difference to have friends who care when we hurt For most of our problems, the solution is simple. We call our sponsor, pray, work the steps, or go to a meeting. But what about those situations where the burden is ongoing and there’s no end in sight? Most of us know whatContinue reading “Living With Unresolved Problems – Just For Today Meditation November 2nd”

Daily Reprieve – As Bill Sees It #27

We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. << << << >> >> >> We of A.A. obey spiritual principles, at first because we must, then because we ought to, and ultimately because we love the kind of life such obedienceContinue reading “Daily Reprieve – As Bill Sees It #27”

Insanity B – Grapevine Article February 2005 by Don H.

We know what works. Why don’t we always do it? A lot of people have trouble with the sanity clause in the Second Step. “How can a higher power restore me to sanity when I was never insane?” they protest. Not me. As I often tell my home group: When the attendants let me outContinue reading “Insanity B – Grapevine Article February 2005 by Don H.”

The Jumping Off Place – Grapevine Article June 2002 by Anonymous

There is a chapter in the Big Book titled “A Vision for You.” A paragraph in that chapter talks about the jumping-off place. I reached that place one night in a bar after hours. I was twenty years old, and I had three children, a recent hysterectomy, and was on my third failing relationship. IContinue reading “The Jumping Off Place – Grapevine Article June 2002 by Anonymous”

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.”

What Lesson Is Hidden In What Disturbs Me? Mashup of Oct 7th Daily Reflection , GUGOGS 10th Step Resources, and Excerpts From Step 10 Twelve & Twelve

Daily Reflections – October 7 DAILY MONITORING Continued to take personal inventory. . . . . TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 88 The spiritual axiom referred to in the Tenth Step– “every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us”–also tells me that there are no exceptionsContinue reading “What Lesson Is Hidden In What Disturbs Me? Mashup of Oct 7th Daily Reflection , GUGOGS 10th Step Resources, and Excerpts From Step 10 Twelve & Twelve”