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.”

A Spoke In The Wheel – Grapevine Article March 1989 by G.H.

One Tuesday night a lonely confused woman named “Sara” walks through the doors of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sara feels alienated and depressed, feelings she has had most of her life. She is completely demoralized and knows she will never be accepted or feel loved by anyone again. But through all this despair she doesn’t want toContinue reading “A Spoke In The Wheel – Grapevine Article March 1989 by G.H.”

The Millwright’s Apprentice – Grapevine Article September 2015 by John F.

A lesson he received long before he got sober still resonates Mill construction is demanding work, and it is attended by a subculture of iterant tradesmen that have little reluctance to leave town. The social bonds are uncertain and housing is marginal at best. Broke and homeless, I was lucky to find work as aContinue reading “The Millwright’s Apprentice – Grapevine Article September 2015 by John F.”

Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.

IT WAS VERY difficult to turn my life and will over to the care of a God I did not trust–a loving God, but a just God–a merciful God, but an omnipotent God capable of great wrath–a God who kept me in suspense wondering if He was going to deliver the goods to make meContinue reading “Learning to Trust Life – Grapevine Article July 1978 by J.W.”

Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167

On studying the Twelve Steps, many of us exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” Do not be discouraged. No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not saints. The point is, that we are willing to grow along spiritual lines. TheContinue reading “Progress Rather Than Perfection – As Bill Sees It #167”

In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.

He became his father and lived to know his pain firsthand I was eleven years old the night I was awakened by a woman’s screams and the thud of a body slamming into the other side of my bedroom wall. That sound is distinct and sickening, etched into my auditory memory to this day. AnyoneContinue reading “In the Grip Of Rage – Grapevine Article September 2003 by Marc S.”

Clarity – Grapevine Article September 1975 by S.B.

IF YOU HAD to choose one word to describe your sobriety, which would you choose? There are so many marvelous benefits to being sober, but if I had to put it into one word, I would select “clarity.” The meaning of “clarity” has changed slightly. In the seventeenth century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary,Continue reading “Clarity – Grapevine Article September 1975 by S.B.”

Courage – Grapevine Article August 1974 by V.W.C.

We have learned courage by trying, and through AA we can channel it into new and beautiful ways ACROSS THE YEARS of sober living in AA, I must have said and heard the words “grant me the courage” several thousand times. Yet only recently did I sit down and figure out exactly what courage meansContinue reading “Courage – Grapevine Article August 1974 by V.W.C.”

Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238

“Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and comsuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford. “The remedy? Well,Continue reading “Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238”

An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.

FOR OVER twenty months, I have been graced with the fellowship of AA meetings, gradual growth and maturation, and the ability to stay away from alcohol and other mind-changing drugs one day at a time. My participation in the AA program of recovery has made me aware of how little I know and how limitedContinue reading “An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.”