When he stopped working the Steps, he was an AFTER FOURTEEN and a half years of sobriety, I found myself in an all too familiar place: tired of living, bored with AA meetings, full of self-pity, and wondering, “Is this all there is?” I had been very active in AA in the early years–secretary, chairmanContinue reading “Elder Statesman Without A Country – Grapevine Article February 1983 by B.B.”
Category Archives: Step 12
Difficulty Reveals Character – Grapevine Article October 2021 by Ron B.
A member shares some powerful thoughts about AA’s patience, resilience and creativity during COVID-19 When I first read Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions with my sponsor some 10 years ago, I was struck by Bill W.’s description of AA members in the armed forces during World War II. Even though they were far from homeContinue reading “Difficulty Reveals Character – Grapevine Article October 2021 by Ron B.”
Modern Man In Search of Soul – Bill W’s 2nd and final letter to Dr. Carl Jung from the AA book ‘Pass It On.
Bill W’s letter to Dr. Carl Jung crediting him for his contribution to AA and Dr. Jung’s very insightful response about his own inability to help an alcoholic (Roland H) recover but his recognition of the alcoholic ‘craving for alcohol as the equivalent, on a low level, of the spiritual thirst of our being forContinue reading “Modern Man In Search of Soul – Bill W’s 2nd and final letter to Dr. Carl Jung from the AA book ‘Pass It On.”
No Struggle Is Really New – Each Day A New Beginning – December 14th
A theme may seem to have been put aside, but it keeps returning–the same thing modulated, somewhat changed in form.-Muriel Rukeyser No struggle we have is really new. It’s another shade of the struggle that plagued us last week or perhaps last year. And we’ll stumble again and again until we learn to quit struggling.Continue reading “No Struggle Is Really New – Each Day A New Beginning – December 14th”
Never The Same Again – As Bill Sees It #209
It was discovered that when one alcoholic had planted in the mind of another the true nature of his malady, that person could never be the same again. Following every spree, he would have to say to himself, “Maybe those A.A.’s were right.” After a few such experiences, often before the onset of extreme difficulties,Continue reading “Never The Same Again – As Bill Sees It #209”
So That’s A Spiritual Experience! – Grapevine Article January 1977 by Ed O.
Not always a flash of light, but being capable of doing what we couldn’t say do before I CAN REMEMBER, early in my sobriety, feeling depressed because I not had a spiritual experience. I was sure that I alone had not undergone a sudden change of heart. This impression came from listening to some otherContinue reading “So That’s A Spiritual Experience! – Grapevine Article January 1977 by Ed O.”
Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.
Through cancer and COVID, this longtimer finds joy in service and accepting life exactly where it is I had no idea when I walked into AA 36 years ago that I’d be where I am today. I’ve been sober more than half my life, surrounded by so much love. God has graced me with moreContinue reading “Here & Now – Grapevine Article June 2022 by Maryellen O.”
The Do’s of Acceptance, Action and Courage and the Don’ts of the 4M’s
Taken from https://www.todays-hope.com/ and https://therecoveryshow.com/ Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions. Tenzin Gyatso The Do’s – Reflection on Acceptance, Action and Courage Acceptance is not submission; it is acknowledgement of the facts of a situation. Then deciding what you’re going to do about it. Kathleen Casey Theisen Recovery offers us courage to make choices about theContinue reading “The Do’s of Acceptance, Action and Courage and the Don’ts of the 4M’s”
The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom L.
Dimly lit rooming houses, emergency rooms, even rooftops— he keeps reaching out. And once in a good while they reach back The man was sweating, shaking, almost incoherent in his pain. “We know how you feel,” my AA friend told him. “We’ve been there.” I was so nervous I didn’t know what to say. ThisContinue reading “The Front Lines – Grapevine Article January 2022 by Tom L.”
Groping Toward God – As Bill Sees It #323
More than most people, I think, alcoholics want to know who they are, what this life is about, whether they have a divine origin and an appointed destiny, and whether there is a system of cosmic justice and love. It is the experience of many of us in the early stages of drinking to feelContinue reading “Groping Toward God – As Bill Sees It #323”