We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S

MY LOCAL MEETINGS ARE BIG on this spot – check reminder : you get what you get ; it’s what you do with it that counts From attending AA meetings in Iowa for the two years I spent in graduate school there, I brought home this question to add to my daily Tenth Step checklistContinue reading “We Get What We Get – Grapevine Article October 2001 by Ernest S”

Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning

No person is your enemy, no person is your friend, and every person is your teacher.—Florence Scovel Shinn We can open ourselves to opportunities today. They abound in our lives. No circumstance we find ourselves in is detrimental to our progress. No relationship with someone at work or at home is superfluous to our development.Continue reading “Daily Reflection September 12th – Each Day A New Beginning”

Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958

ALL OF US HAVE KNOWN at one time or another the thrilling rewards of watching some particular newcomer, for whom we have a special fondness, recover his or her life and spirit and vitality in AA. A friend I have known for some twenty-five years is now approaching his sixth month of sobriety. His transformationContinue reading “Acceptance – Grapevine Article by H.W. September 1958”

Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963

How to turn this potential defect into an asset On the morning of my fifth AA birthday, now some time ago, I arrived at my office to be greeted by the receptionist with the message that a telegram awaited me. Upon opening it, I discovered that it was a thoughtful greeting from an old AAContinue reading “Fear – Grapevine Article by Dr. Hal S September 1963”

Intellect and the Disease of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Bart H

Floundering after 15 dry years, he decided to stop thinking and start believing My grandfather was an alcoholic and my mom was extremely knowledgeable about the disease. More than anything, she wanted to protect me from the alcoholism. She used a very common sense approach of sharing information and conveying the importance of will power.Continue reading “Intellect and the Disease of Alcoholism – Grapevine Article by Bart H”

A Question of Faith – Grapevine Article By Anonymous September 1963

Reflections on AA’s appeal to all men, regardless of formal belief or creed ALTHOUGH I do not believe in a supernatural God, I have found it easy to stay sober in AA more than ten years. And in my view, AA is a spiritual, or religious, Fellowship. Sometimes those of us whom the orthodox religiousContinue reading “A Question of Faith – Grapevine Article By Anonymous September 1963”

Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve

From page 106/107 – “Maybe there are as many definitions of spiritual awakenings as there are people who have had them. But certainly each genuine one has something in common with all the others. And these things which they have in common are not too hard to understand. When a man or a woman hasContinue reading “Spiritual Awakening, Development, and Responding To Disillusionment – Two Paragraph Gems From Step 12 of Twelve& Twelve”

Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002

I love to introduce myself at an AA meeting as a “satisfied customer of Alcoholics Anonymous.” It says so much about the joy and gratitude I have for our wonderful society. I am one of those second-generation AA members. My mom got sober in AA when I was eight years old. Nine years later, IContinue reading “Spiritual Kindergarten – Grapevine Article by Jim K April 2002”

ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout

SINCE becoming a sideline observer of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1939, my approach to alcoholism has undergone an almost total reorientation. For the first time I saw what peace of mind means in the achievement of sobriety and I began to consider the emotional factors involved from a very different viewpoint. In AA meetings, the roleContinue reading “ENTER HONESTY – Grapevine Article September 1953 Dr. Harry Tiebout”

What Does ‘Surrender’ Mean? – Grapevine April 1963 Dr. Harry Tiebout

My first two or three years of contact with AA were the most exciting in my whole professional life. AA was then in its miracle phase; everything that happened seemed strange, wonderful, out of this world. Hopeless drunks were being lifted out of the gutter. Individuals who had sought every known means of help, without success, wereContinue reading “What Does ‘Surrender’ Mean? – Grapevine April 1963 Dr. Harry Tiebout”