Step 5 – Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. I came to Alcoholics Anonymous young in years but sick of soul and full of secrets. Now, in my middle age, I no longer harbor secrets, and my soul is in better health than ever. It’sContinue reading “Sunlight and Air – Grapevine Article May 1999 by Cheryl M.”
Category Archives: Step 4
Roots Of Reality – As Bill Sees It #173
We started upon a personal inventory, Step Four. A business which takes no regular inventory usually goes broke. Taking a commercial inventory is a fact-finding and a fact-facing process. It is an effort to discover the truth about the stock in trade. One object is to disclose damaged or unsalable goods, to get rid ofContinue reading “Roots Of Reality – As Bill Sees It #173”
Dangers of Self Reliance – Practice These Principles By Ray A.
Self-centered Fear: Self-sufficiency and Self-reliance This generally unconscious tendency to build our lives independently of God is what the Big Book means by self-reliance, and it drives the manifold aspirations and ambitions we pursue through work. For work is not always about money and the financial independence it can buy. It is just as muchContinue reading “Dangers of Self Reliance – Practice These Principles By Ray A.”
4th Step Fear Inventory – Practice These Principles by Ray A.
Healthy and Unhealthy Fear Overcoming our fear is not always a good thing. We ought to have feared drinking, suggests the Big Book, for we knew how much suffering and humiliation it had wrought. But we did not. We lacked “the kind of defense that keeps one from putting his hand on a hot stove”Continue reading “4th Step Fear Inventory – Practice These Principles by Ray A.”
Nuggets Of Truth – Grapevine Article January 1982 by Anonymous
Having trouble with Step Four? Capture your insights as they occur I WAS SHAMED into the program nearly four years ago. Since then, our family has experienced a number of positive changes that I would not have believed possible. I am now aware of the influence in our lives of a benevolent Higher Power whoContinue reading “Nuggets Of Truth – Grapevine Article January 1982 by Anonymous”
Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1999 by Jim N.
Step 6 – Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. The way I read Step Six, Bill seems to be saying, “Don’t be in too much of a hurry to get better.” And the longer I’m sober, the clearer it becomes that I’m not really in charge of this gettingContinue reading “Room To Grow – Grapevine Article June 1999 by Jim N.”
Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R
How one member found she doesn’t need a man on her arm or a drink in her hand to define her When I arrived in the rooms of AA, I often heard members say that they were “unemployable.” For my part, I still had a job (holding onto it mostly by blackmail), so I beganContinue reading “Table For One – Grapevine Article June 2017 by Robyn R”
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”
What We Will Be Tomorrow- Grapevine Article Mayb 1991 by Ed H.
My first thoughts regarding Step Five were that I would take it with someone far away and then pray for that person’s early demise. I can see today, though, how something like this could have been disastrous to my sobriety. There are people in my life today whom I have chosen as friends and throughContinue reading “What We Will Be Tomorrow- Grapevine Article Mayb 1991 by Ed H.”
Turning Down The Volume – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Kiko M.
Not everybody is going to like me or like what I have to offer. What matters is that I like myself enough to continue to take my inventory and be of maximum service. Recently I had the opportunity to DJ at an AA conference. To prepare, I put in months of work, attempting to absolutelyContinue reading “Turning Down The Volume – Grapevine Article April 2022 by Kiko M.”