Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M

AA reconnected him “to the world, the infinite and to other people” I had seen the change in my dad after he got sober in the early 70’s. He was immersed in AA, and I got to know his friends and “pigeons”—his sponsees. They were the first examples of what AA happiness looked like. SeeingContinue reading “Spiritual Life Is Not A Theory – Grapevine Web Exclusive By Matt M”

Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P

The first person who asked me to sponsor him in the program was a gay man. I had reservations about doing this, as I am not gay, and reacted with fear and ignorance. I called my sponsor to get his opinion on the right thing to do. Being the good sponsor that he is, heContinue reading “Love and Tolerance – Grapevine Article November 2014 By Justin P”

A Death In The Family – Grapevine Article February 2004 By Nick K

He went to a meeting; his brother went to a bar What is that saying–when God closes a door, he opens a window? I have found this to be true in my life since getting sober. I have been sober since May 1996. With the help of a sponsor who told me what to do,Continue reading “A Death In The Family – Grapevine Article February 2004 By Nick K”

Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.

He stopped believing in God—and started believing in the life AA had given him I got sober in AA in June 1987 and have remained sober ever since. Before coming to AA, I didn’t think much about God, except that I knew I did not believe in the Christian God. When I first came toContinue reading “Becoming An Atheist Renewed My Faith In AA – Grapevine Article By Kirk J.”

Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.

A word whose meaning causes arguments, but a quality we all aspire to when we understand it FOLLOWING a recent noon AA meeting, a member I scarcely knew said that he wanted a word with me. He appeared very agitated as we stepped into the privacy of an adjoining room. Naturally, I thought he wantedContinue reading “Humility – April 1974 Grapevine Article By M.D.B.”

Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap

Emotional entanglements with people are not the only way we can get our sobriety dangerously hooked to something extraneous . Some of us have a tendency to put other conditions on our sobriety , without intending to . One A.A . member says , “ We drunks * are very ‘ iffy ’ people .Continue reading “Living Sober – Chapter 25 Getting Out Of The If Trap”

Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.

This Christmas Eve, a lonely newcomer learned that choosing joy was the way to go It was 1984 and Christmas was approaching. I hadn’t had a visit nor heard from a single friend or relative since I had moved into this recovery house more than three months earlier. No one called to say they missedContinue reading “Making Peace With The Holidays – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Paul B.”

Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M

Through a little faith and effort, a husband’s longtime holiday resentment becomes a gift to someone he loves. Cliff, an old-timer in my home group, used to say that in order to recover, I would have to see things I don’t want to see, hear things I don’t want to hear and do things IContinue reading “Time To Be Kind – Grapevine Article December 2020 By Matt M”

Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.  —Kathleen Casey Theisen How awesome is our power, personally, to choose our attitudes and our responses to any situation, to every situation. We will feel only how we choose to feel, no matter the circumstance. Happiness is as free an option as sorrow. Perceiving our challenges as opportunities forContinue reading “Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning For November 14th”

What Is Meditation? Grapevine Article November 1999 By Sim G.

Step Eleven As with most people, I gave this Step much thought when I began working the program. It seemed straightforward enough to me–I was to take some time each day to improve my conscious contact with God. But as time went on, things which appeared simple on first hearing began to take on aContinue reading “What Is Meditation? Grapevine Article November 1999 By Sim G.”