Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th

There were deep secrets, hidden in my heart, never said for fear others would scoff or sneer. At last I can reveal my sufferings, for the strength I once felt in silence has lost all its power. —Deidra Sarault There is magic in sharing ourselves with someone else. We learn from Steps Four and FiveContinue reading “Sharing Our Secrets – Each Day A New Beginning – June 20th”

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.”

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”

Fearless and Searching – As Bill Sees It #261

My self-analysis has frequently been faulty .Sometimes I’ve failed to share my defects with the right people; at other times, I’ve confessed their defects, rather than my own; and still other times, my confession of defects has been more in the nature of loud complaints about my circumstances and my problems. << << << >>Continue reading “Fearless and Searching – As Bill Sees It #261”

BROKEN Beyond Repair? – Grapevine Article February 2009 by M.W.

A member talks of “impediments” to her relationship with her Higher Power. Finally, after thirty years of daily drinking, the last five years in full-blown alcoholism, I came to AA–scared, broken, my life a total mess, my health in a precarious state, saved from a suicide attempt, and my bank account busted. I was prettyContinue reading “BROKEN Beyond Repair? – Grapevine Article February 2009 by M.W.”

Resentments – Big Book Pages 64 – 67

Resentment is the “number one” offender. It destroys more alcoholics than anything else. From it stem all forms of spiritual disease, for we have been not only mentally and physically ill, we have been spiritually sick. When the spiritual malady is overcome, we straighten out mentally and physically. In dealing with resentments, we set themContinue reading “Resentments – Big Book Pages 64 – 67”

Fear – Big Book Pages 67, 68

Notice that the word “fear” is bracketed alongside the difficulties with Mr. Brown, Mrs. Jones, the employer, and the wife. This short word somehow touches about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstancesContinue reading “Fear – Big Book Pages 67, 68”

Resentment: Number One Offender – Grapevine Article March 1978 By J.H.

She found out to her surprise that she could learn to cope with WHEN I FIRST started going to AA, I was convinced that I really didn’t have as much of a drinking problem as I had parent, children, job, and no-husband problems. If all those areas were to get straightened out, then I wasContinue reading “Resentment: Number One Offender – Grapevine Article March 1978 By J.H.”

Fault – Grapevine Article by Robert T

As an active alcoholic, he found fault in others to feel good about himself. His Fourth Step inventory helped change all that I can’t complain about my life, growing up. Oh, I drank too much at times, but I was happy with the way it turned out. The same could be said about how IContinue reading “Fault – Grapevine Article by Robert T”

The Road To Open-mindedness – Grapevine Article January 1993 by Anonymous

Our local group had a great meeting the other day about open-mindedness. It got me thinking about the last few years of my drinking. My life experience had led me to the closed-minded conclusion that God existed all right, but that God was a sick and twisted universal mind. In reality, drinking had sickened andContinue reading “The Road To Open-mindedness – Grapevine Article January 1993 by Anonymous”