Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250

Whenever I find myself under acute tensions, I lengthen my daily walks and slowly repeat our Serenity Prayer in rhythm to my steps and breathing. If I feel that my pain has in part been occasioned by others, I try to repeat, “God grant me the serenity to love their best, and never fear theirContinue reading “Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250”

All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6

Acceptance and faith are capable of producing 100 per cent sobriety. In fact, they usually do; and they must, else we could have no life at all. But the moment we carry these attitudes into our emotional problems, we find that only relative results are possible. Nobody can, for example, become completely free from fear,Continue reading “All or Nothing – As Bill Sees It #6”

Live and Let Live – Grapevine Article June 2002 By Jim N.

Nothing has been more helpful to me in staying sober and living a useful life than sponsorship. But in the beginning, I sometimes used my “authority” as a sponsor to bully my sponsees. I ridiculed their thinking and showed little compassion or patience if they acted in ways that I didn’t approve of. Where didContinue reading “Live and Let Live – Grapevine Article June 2002 By Jim N.”

A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.

MANY notes and many instruments go to make a symphony. Life is like that too. I do not mean the vast discord of a drunken existence, nor the confusion of intermittent tippling between benders. I mean real life; the experience that commences with active participation in AA. Many instruments and much practice are needed forContinue reading “A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.”

Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles

Being honest about the reality of our lives while at the same time being open-minded and willing to respond differently to these realities is the heart and soul of recovery whether you have 2 days , 2 months , 2 years , or decades of sobriety. We also become clear that our denials, fears, resentments,Continue reading “Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles”

A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.

Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. In Western Massachusetts we have the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions on display and that’s what I saw at my first meeting. I was disgusted.Continue reading “A Way Of Life – Grapevine Article Dec 1999 by Jim N.”

A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.

He had changed in sobriety–and it showed THERE WAS a time when my main problem was trying to get enough courage to kill myself. I am a victim of leprosy of the soul, commonly called alcoholism. They tell me it is incurable. I believe them. I have seen many people die a miserable death fromContinue reading “A Whole Person – Grapevine Article January 1982 by J.M.”

Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M

An AA considers how an alcoholic can come to accept the past for what was At a meeting last week, I heard a man with over 10 years sober speak. He made a comment that he still had a hard time with the concept of not regretting the past. He still felt badly about someContinue reading “Regrets and Promises – Grapevine Article by Howard M”

What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor M.

I can remember the first time I read the following sentence from chapter five of the Big Book: “We claim spiritual progress rather than spiritual perfection.” I was sitting at a Big Book meeting, only a few months into the program, still pretty shaky and confused. But those words gave me a feeling of releaseContinue reading “What We Could Not Do For Ourselves – Grapevine Article April 1989 by Eleanor 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”