Resentment: Number One Offender – Grapevine Article March 1978 By J.H.

She found out to her surprise that she could learn to cope with WHEN I FIRST started going to AA, I was convinced that I really didn’t have as much of a drinking problem as I had parent, children, job, and no-husband problems. If all those areas were to get straightened out, then I wasContinue reading “Resentment: Number One Offender – Grapevine Article March 1978 By J.H.”

Sermon In A Drop Of Water – Grapevine Article March 1964 by Dr. Hal S.

ONE day, while I was anxiously awaiting a laboratory report on a patient, I sat down on a stool at our lab bench, and reached for one of the unused microscopes which was focused on a glass slide. Simply to pass the time, I dropped a globule of tap water on the slide and focusedContinue reading “Sermon In A Drop Of Water – Grapevine Article March 1964 by Dr. Hal S.”

Misunderstood – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Michael E.

The man he met said he was “naturally incapable” of grasping what we have. This member doesn’t agree During my time in the rooms, I have met people who can quote from memory every page of the Big Book from cover to personalized leather-bound cover. I’ve also met people staying sober for years who rarely,Continue reading “Misunderstood – Grapevine Article February 2021 by Michael E.”

The Pain Was Lifted – Grapevine Article July 1989 by Lou H.

Step Seven – Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. After several years of enjoyable sobriety I was suddenly seized by negative thinking so devastating that it wiped out my peace of mind, undermined my ability to work, and might eventually have sent me back to drinking. Today, with thirty years of continuous abstinence, IContinue reading “The Pain Was Lifted – Grapevine Article July 1989 by Lou H.”

Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.

I HAVE BEEN sober in AA for nearly five years, and a great deal has happened since my first meeting. I tried to follow the Steps to the best of my ability for the first few years. I was working at a menial job, which yielded a menial pay check. I was single and livingContinue reading “Lack of Meetings – Negative Attitude – Grapevine Article July 1980 by L.C.”

Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C

I just finished reading another of those “Stay out of AA if you’re an addict!” letters in the Grapevine, and felt compelled to share my alcohol-related experience. I first came to AA for help because alcohol had dissolved my moral fiber to the point where I got so drunk I took LSD to “go alongContinue reading “Honesty Is The Key – Grapevine Article January 1990 by Ted C”

The Fine Art of Listening – Grapevine Article September 2008 by Anonymous

A newcomer learns to connect rather than condemn An old-timer once told me, before my first commitment as chairperson of a meeting, “The best thing about being chair is that it teaches you how to listen.” I was pretty sure I was already an excellent listener (as well as reader, analyzer, interpreter, and orator), butContinue reading “The Fine Art of Listening – Grapevine Article September 2008 by Anonymous”

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”

Falling Apart On The Inside – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Cliff P

In my tenth year of recovery , I found myself well – grounded in the program . I was active , my support system was strong , and my life was good . I had a growing career in local television as a studio engineer . Financially , I had more than I could askContinue reading “Falling Apart On The Inside – Grapevine Article April 2005 by Cliff P”

The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain

Yesterday as we discussed Chapter 22 of Living Sober regarding self-pity, we had some powerful shares about the importance of acknowledging and facing our pain. I’ve chosen as my primary lead a Grapevine article published on the website back in January that we’ve never discussed entitled ‘The Power of Pain’. This article captures and expandsContinue reading “The Power of Our Part ( Awareness, Attitudes, and Actions ) When Encountering Pain”