Sidelined By Remorse – Grapevine Article Sept 2010 by J.M.

After his brother’s suicide, he blames himself and drops out of AA One thing I have learned in AA is that an event that seems insignificant at the time can have monumental effects later. Nothing, it seems, is quite as it seems. Thirty-four years ago I was new in the Fellowship, full of fear, andContinue reading “Sidelined By Remorse – Grapevine Article Sept 2010 by J.M.”

Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12

“Just like you, I have often thought myself the victim of what other people say and do. Yet every time I confessed the sins of such people, especially those whose sins did not correspond exactly with my own, I found that I only increased the total damage. My own resentment, my self-pity would often renderContinue reading “Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12”

Fault – Grapevine Article by Robert T

As an active alcoholic, he found fault in others to feel good about himself. His Fourth Step inventory helped change all that I can’t complain about my life, growing up. Oh, I drank too much at times, but I was happy with the way it turned out. The same could be said about how IContinue reading “Fault – Grapevine Article by Robert T”

Transcending Resentments Into Freedom – Big Book Page 552

If you have resentment you want to be free of, if you will pray for the person or thing that you resent, you will be free. If you will ask in prayer for everything you want for yourself to be given to them, you will be free. Ask for their health, their prosperity, their happiness,Continue reading “Transcending Resentments Into Freedom – Big Book Page 552”

Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment isContinue reading “Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5”

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.”

No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.

I OFFER THIS example of rejection in its simplest form. I give a gift to someone. I bought or made the gift with joy. I anticipated how pleased the other person would be. I looked forward to the smile of appreciation and the warm gratification it would give me. In other words, I have madeContinue reading “No Strings Attached – Grapevine Article June 1981 by T.B.”

The Headache of Soul – Grapevine Article July 1961 by C.A.

Its cunning, its power, its baffling nature manifests itself in subtle ways WHEN I was in graduate school almost thirty years ago, I had a professor whose wife was allergic (or, as the allergists would say, “intolerant” or “sensitive”) to aspirin. To me, aspirin is a harmless pain reliever. To her, it was a deadlyContinue reading “The Headache of Soul – Grapevine Article July 1961 by C.A.”

Resentment and Forgiveness – Grapevine Article November 1995 by Jim M.

One of the things that’s so toxic about a true resentment is its ability to conceal itself from the resenter. It’s like a spiritual tapeworm that takes up residence in the victim’s moral metabolism and just gorges itself with judgements, anger, self-justification, and other forms of selfishness and self-centeredness that cause us so much unhappiness.Continue reading “Resentment and Forgiveness – Grapevine Article November 1995 by Jim M.”

He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.

An ambitious playwright, his brains got so far ahead of his emotions that he collapsed into suicidal drinking. To learn to live, he nearly died. I REMEMBER the day when I decided to drink myself to death quietly, without bothering anyone, because I was tired of having been a dependable, trustworthy person for about thirty-nineContinue reading “He Who Loses His Life – Big Book Story from 2nd and 3rd Edition by Bob P.”