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.”

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”

Unlocking the Group Conscience – Grapevine Article February 1992 by Toni F.

I have often heard it said that all you need to start a new AA group is a resentment and a coffeepot. Resentments had kept me drunk for many years, and in 1987 I was literally dying from alcohol and drug addiction, fueled by resentments. I sobered up at a group close to my home.Continue reading “Unlocking the Group Conscience – Grapevine Article February 1992 by Toni F.”

Living Amends – Grapevine Article December 1955 by J.E.

ONE of the deeply disturbing things about the Twelve Steps, taken as a whole, is that they never let an alcoholic off the hook, though sometimes they may appear to temporarily. Take the so-called “house-cleaning” steps, for instance. You’ve been through the wretchedness of Steps Four through Seven, and then Step Eight comes along andContinue reading “Living Amends – Grapevine Article December 1955 by J.E.”