The Twelve Promises following the 9th Step – Big Book pg 83,84

If we are painstaking about this phase of our development, we will be amazed before we are half way through. The Twelve Promises Are these extravagant promises? We think not. They are being fulfilled among us—sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. They will always materialize if we work for them.

May 7th Every Day A New Beginning

We tend to think of the rational as a higher order, but it is the emotional that marks our lives. One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. —Merle Shain Pain stretches us. It pushes us toward others. It encourages us to pray. It invites us to relyContinue reading “May 7th Every Day A New Beginning”

The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article December 1972 by M.D.B.

How one member applies it to his daily living WHEN I WAS growing up in Nebraska, I often heard older people say, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” This old saw was apparently one of those things that were easier to say than to prove. Even as a child, I often wonderedContinue reading “The Serenity Prayer – Grapevine Article December 1972 by M.D.B.”

Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous

In a phone call on New Year’s Day, a college professor told me she’d failed my final paper for her course. I could rewrite the paper, she said, correcting the shortcomings, possibly retaining my overall A for the course. Or I could let it go and accept the B average my failure to follow directionsContinue reading “Fear of FAILURE – Grapevine Article February 2009 by Anonymous”

Neither Dependence Nor Self Sufficiency – As Bill Sees It #265

When we insisted, like infants, that people protect and take care of us or that the world owed us a living, then the result was unfortunate. The people we most loved often pushed us aside or perhaps deserted us entirely. Our disillusionment was hard to bear. We failed to see that, though adult in years,Continue reading “Neither Dependence Nor Self Sufficiency – As Bill Sees It #265”

Spiritually Fit – As Bill Sees It # 280

Assuming we are spiritually fit, we can do all sorts of things alcoholics are not supposed to do. People have said we must not go where liquor is served; we must not have it in our homes; we must shun friends who drink; we must avoid moving pictures which show drinking scenes; we must notContinue reading “Spiritually Fit – As Bill Sees It # 280”

Manufacturing Misery – Grapevine Article April 1993 by Bill A.

I must admit that there are parts of the Big Book I’ve never read. For instance, as a singularly single, bachelor alcoholic, now past 40, I have never felt it necessary to peruse chapter nine–The Family Afterward. But, as in so many other cases when I’ve cunningly cut corners, I also shortchanged myself. My sponsorContinue reading “Manufacturing Misery – Grapevine Article April 1993 by Bill A.”

Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.

But learning to cope with life, people, and situations is vital to our growth IS COMFORTABLE SOBRIETY the new goal in AA? It would seem so from some of the things I have heard recently, during and after meetings. For instance, at a Step meeting, a young man rather proudly announced that he couldn’t possiblyContinue reading “Reality Can Be Uncomfortable – Grapevine Article July 1971 by M.M.”

Problems Other Than Alcohol – Bill W 1958

From an article written by A.A. co-founderBill W. in 1958. Therefore, some of the language may be dated, but the issues addressed are prevalent today Perhaps there is no suffering more horrible than drug addiction, especially that kind which is produced by morphine, heroin, and other narcotics. Such drugs twist the mind, and the awfulContinue reading “Problems Other Than Alcohol – Bill W 1958”

An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.

FOR OVER twenty months, I have been graced with the fellowship of AA meetings, gradual growth and maturation, and the ability to stay away from alcohol and other mind-changing drugs one day at a time. My participation in the AA program of recovery has made me aware of how little I know and how limitedContinue reading “An Open Heart and Open Mind – Grapevine Article March 1979 by C.O.”