Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963

How to turn this potential defect into an asset On the morning of my fifth AA birthday, now some time ago, I arrived at my office to be greeted by the receptionist with the message that a telegram awaited me. Upon opening it, I discovered that it was a thoughtful greeting from an old AAContinue reading “Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963”

Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”

Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002

I love to introduce myself at an AA meeting as a “satisfied customer of Alcoholics Anonymous.” It says so much about the joy and gratitude I have for our wonderful society. I am one of those second-generation AA members. My mom got sober in AA when I was eight years old. Nine years later, IContinue reading “Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002”

January 23rd Daily Reflection

She had trouble defining herself independently of her husband, tried to talk to him about it, but he said nonsense, he had no trouble defining her at all.—Cynthia Propper Seton To recover means to learn who we are, independent of friends, children, parents, or intimate partners. It means knowing how we want to spend ourContinue reading “January 23rd Daily Reflection”

Traditions – Excerpt From Grapevine Article by Bill W in 1955

When an alcoholic applies the Twelve Steps of our recovery program to his personal life, his disintegration stops and his unification begins. The Power which now holds him together in one piece overcomes those forces which had rent him apart. Exactly the same principle applies to each A.A. group and to Alcoholics Anonymous as aContinue reading “Traditions – Excerpt From Grapevine Article by Bill W in 1955”

On Cultivating Tolerance – by Dr. Bob Grapevine Article July 1944

During nine years in AA, I have observed that those who follow the Alcoholics Anonymous program with the greatest earnestness and zeal not only maintain sobriety but often acquire finer characteristics and attitudes as well. One of these is tolerance. Tolerance expresses itself in a variety of ways: in kindness and consideration toward the manContinue reading “On Cultivating Tolerance – by Dr. Bob Grapevine Article July 1944”

To Grow Up – As Bill Sees It Meditation #330

Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for complete approval, utter security, and perfect romance—urges quite appropriate to age seventeen—prove to be an impossible way of life at forty-seven or fifty-seven. Since A.A. began, I’ve taken huge wallops in all these areas because of my failure to grow up, emotionally and spiritually. ‹‹Continue reading “To Grow Up – As Bill Sees It Meditation #330”

Love + Rationality = Growth – As Bill Sees It Meditation #294

It seems to me that the primary object of any human being is to grow, as God intended, that being the nature of all growing things. Our search must be for what reality we can find, which includes the best definition and feeling of love that we can acquire. If the capability of loving isContinue reading “Love + Rationality = Growth – As Bill Sees It Meditation #294”

Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291

“I believe that when we were active alcoholics we drank mostly to kill pain of one kind or another—physical or emotional or psychic. Of course, everybody has a cracking point, and I suppose you reached yours—hence, the resort once more to the bottle. “If I were you, I wouldn’t heap devastating blame on myself forContinue reading “Pain-Killer or Pain-Healer – As Bill Sees It Meditation #291”

A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV

Watch the new life and feel its awakening EACH spring, as I watch the green shoots in the earth struggle towards the light, I am reminded of another spring and another struggle. As I watch the buds on the trees begin to open, as if they were awakening from a long sleep, I am remindedContinue reading “A Beginning in Springtime – AA Grapevine April 1964 by M.C. Reno, NV”