A Mighty Beginning – As Bill Sees It #298

Even the newest of newcomers find undreamed rewards as he tries to help his brother alcoholic, the one who is even blinder than he. This is indeed the kind of giving that actually demands nothing. He does not expect his brother sufferer to pay him, or even to love him. And then he discovers thatContinue reading “A Mighty Beginning – As Bill Sees It #298”

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.”

Humility Brings Hope – As Bill Sees It #325

Now that we no longer patronize bars and bordellos, now that we bring home the pay checks, now that we are so very active in A.A., and now that people congratulate us on these signs of progress — well, we naturally proceed to congratulate ourselves. Of course, we are not yet within hailing distance ofContinue reading “Humility Brings Hope – As Bill Sees It #325”

The Voice On The Tape – Grapevine Article January 2004 by Gay B.

After almost two decades, she stumbles upon the woman who saved her life THAT voice, I thought. That’s the woman on the tape! I was sitting in a noon meeting that I had not attended in three months. I had been the secretary but had had to give it up because of a conflict withContinue reading “The Voice On The Tape – Grapevine Article January 2004 by Gay B.”

Surveying The Past – As Bill Sees It #111

We should make an accurate and really exhaustive survey of our past life as it has affected other people. In many instances we shall find that, though the harm done to others has not been great, we have nevertheless done ourselves considerable injury. Then, too, damaging emotional conflicts persist below the level of consciousness, veryContinue reading “Surveying The Past – As Bill Sees It #111”

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”

Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W

Note – The section of this article in bold below may be a useful way of supplement to the section of the AA Big Book Chapter ’A Vision For You’ which recounts the humbling origins of A.A. and the essential beginning of one alcoholic helping another that is still its foundation. You can see thisContinue reading “Dr. Bob: A Tribute – Grapevine Article January 1951 by Bill W”

In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous

About a year ago I read an article written by Bill W. titled “The Next Frontier: Emotional Sobriety.” He wrote this article late in his AA recovery and it deals with that wonderfully terrifying realm–beyond not drinking. To me, it was the most powerful thing he ever wrote, along with the Big Book. It openedContinue reading “In Search Of Emotional Sobriety – Grapevine Article May 1989 by Anonymous”

The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.

How the AA program deals with our need for self-approval and recognition by others OBSERVE an alcoholic at the ripest point of a bender, and you’ll see a pretty complete demonstration of proven ways to lose friends and alienate people. Almost anything he does, from talking too loudly to burning holes in a hostess’ carpet,Continue reading “The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.”

Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.

There are times now when my sons say, “Hey, Mom, the old Man is getting mellow! Part of it is gentle mockery; the rest an acknowledgment by them of what LIVE AND LET LIVE has changed in me–at least to a degree. It wasn’t always thus, and my wife and sons ought to know becauseContinue reading “Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.”