Out of Ideas – Grapevine Article by G.P.

After coming in and out of AA , she began taking suggestions from a sponsor When I was 16, I was introduced to AA by my mother who had three years of sobriety at the time. I believed in God and I prayed almost every day. I didn’t trust people and I knew I couldn’tContinue reading “Out of Ideas – Grapevine Article by G.P.”

Receiving Guidance – Twelve & Twelve Step 11 Page 104

“We discover that we do receive guidance for our lives to just about the extent that we stop making demands upon God to give it to us on order and on our terms. Almost any experienced AA will tell you how his affairs have taken remarkable and unexpected turns for the better as he triedContinue reading “Receiving Guidance – Twelve & Twelve Step 11 Page 104”

Be Honest! – Grapevine Article September 1963 by Don M.

AT one of the first meetings I attended, the speaker said that staying sober required two things: being honest with one’s self, and being willing to keep an open mind. I had always taken pride in being honest with myself. Oh, sure, my job made necessary some degree of intrigue and deception, some evasiveness, butContinue reading “Be Honest! – Grapevine Article September 1963 by Don M.”

Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.

Would AA’s Fourth Step have changed the ending of the famous old horror story? THREE-QUARTERS of a century ago, Fanny Stevenson, frightened in the night by her husband’s cries and moans, prodded him into wakefulness. In a dawning state of consciousness he was annoyed, and not for the usually mundane reason. Robert Louis Stevenson, whoContinue reading “Tenth Step Thoughts – Grapevine Article October 1962 by C.D.A.”

We Should Not Think Too Ill Of Ourselves – Twelve & Twelve Step 11 Page 105

“All of us, without exception, pass through times when we can pray only with the greatest exertion of will. Occasionally we go even further than this. We are seized with a rebellion so sickening that we simply won’t pray. When these things happen we should not think too ill of ourselves. We should simply resumeContinue reading “We Should Not Think Too Ill Of Ourselves – Twelve & Twelve Step 11 Page 105”

Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous

Whenever I hear sponsors mentioned in AA meetings, I think about the sponsors I’ve had since September 1974, when I first got to AA. I remember my first sponsor. Let’s call her Wilma, since that wasn’t her name. I asked her to be my sponsor after my first AA meeting. Wilma was the only oneContinue reading “Quiet Guidance – Grapevine Article May 1990 by Anonymous”

The Person I Was Meant To Be – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.D.

AS A TEENAGER, when life was overwhelming to me, I was introduced to alcohol. At once, I knew that I had found a great friend–something to shield me from the new and powerful emotions of my developing youth and the inferiority feelings I was becoming familiar with as a result. Alcohol made me loose andContinue reading “The Person I Was Meant To Be – Grapevine Article June 1982 by J.D.”

Love – Grapevine Article March 1980 by C.H.

In AA, love is our glue WHEN I FIRST came to AA, I didn’t know how to love. I still don’t. All I know is that what I am doing feels pretty good. Externally, the evidence is there; internally, I am not sure whether I am feeling the way the songwriters and Hollywood say IContinue reading “Love – Grapevine Article March 1980 by C.H.”

Minor Virtues – Grapevine Article August 1976 By Anonymous

It’s no small achievement to dispel fear and resentment RECENTLY, I HAD the experience of writing a dear friend in the Fellowship about a serious personal problem with which he was wrestling. I gave him rather blunt advice, the kind you would send only to a treasured friend. Nothing was heard for weeks. Finally, IContinue reading “Minor Virtues – Grapevine Article August 1976 By Anonymous”

Avoiding Pride & Despair – Twelve & Twelve (Step 12)

Page 112 – Step 12Furthermore, how shall we come to terms with seeming failure or success? Can we now accept and adjust to either without despair or pride? Can we accept poverty, sickness, loneliness, and bereavement with courage and serenity? Can we steadfastly content ourselves with the humbler, yet sometimes more durable, satisfactions when theContinue reading “Avoiding Pride & Despair – Twelve & Twelve (Step 12)”