Two Kinds of Pride – As Bill Sees It #107

The prideful righteousness of “good people” may often be just as destructive as the glaring sins of those who are supposedly not so good. << << << >> >> >> We loved to shout the damaging fact that millions of the “good men of religion” were still killing one another off in the name ofContinue reading “Two Kinds of Pride – As Bill Sees It #107”

Live and Let Live – Grapevine Article June 2002 By Jim N.

Nothing has been more helpful to me in staying sober and living a useful life than sponsorship. But in the beginning, I sometimes used my “authority” as a sponsor to bully my sponsees. I ridiculed their thinking and showed little compassion or patience if they acted in ways that I didn’t approve of. Where didContinue reading “Live and Let Live – Grapevine Article June 2002 By Jim N.”

Tolerance Keeps Us Sober – As Bill Sees It – #312

“Honesty with ourselves and others gets us sober, but it is tolerance that keeps us that way.” “Experience shows that few alcoholics will long stay away from a group because they don’t like the way it is run. Most return and adjust themselves to whatever conditions they must. Some go to a different group, orContinue reading “Tolerance Keeps Us Sober – As Bill Sees It – #312”

Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117

After we come into A.A., if we go on growing, our attitudes and actions toward security—emotional security and financial security—commence to change profoundly. Our demand for emotional security, for our own way, had constantly thrown us into unworkable relations with other people. Though we were sometimes quite unconscious of this, the result always had beenContinue reading “Emotional Security – 12 & 12 pages 115 – 117”

What Is An Open Mind? – Grapevine Article July 1959

The seventh of a series of “Beginners’ Meetings”–to run from time to time–for newcomers to AA sobriety. At our next beginners’ meeting a few members who have been sober in AA for awhile are going to tell us which suggestions in the AA program have helped them maintain sobriety. It should make an interesting meetingContinue reading “What Is An Open Mind? – Grapevine Article July 1959”

Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5

It is plain that a life which includes deep resentment leads only to futility and unhappiness. To the precise extent that we permit these, do we squander the hours that might have been worth while. But with the alcoholic, whose hope is the maintenance and growth of a spiritual experience, this business of resentment isContinue reading “Maintenance & Growth – As Bill Sees It R #5”

April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning

An element of recovery is learning that we deserve success, the good things that come to us, and also that pain is a reality. We have the strength to deal with that pain without medicating, and it will pass. —Dudley Martineau Many of us didn’t understand the changing variables in being human. Our coping skillsContinue reading “April 11th Reflection – Each Day A New Beginning”

Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W

Part I. In its deeper sense AA is a quest for freedom–freedom under God. Of course the immediate object of our quest is sobriety–freedom from alcohol and from all its baleful consequences. Without this freedom, we have nothing at all. Paradoxically, though, we can achieve no liberation from the alcohol obsession until we become willingContinue reading “Freedom Under God: The Choice Is Ours – Grapevine Article November 1960 by Bill W”

The Pit of Depression – Grapevine Article February 1969 by D.A.B

It’s a trap that may endanger anyone. Here’s how two members fought their way back MY FIRST year within the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous closed on a high note. I had been spared the necessity of taking that deadly first drink. Personal meaning had become associated with the phrase “God as we understood Him,” andContinue reading “The Pit of Depression – Grapevine Article February 1969 by D.A.B”

Resentment and Forgiveness – Grapevine Article November 1995 by Jim M.

One of the things that’s so toxic about a true resentment is its ability to conceal itself from the resenter. It’s like a spiritual tapeworm that takes up residence in the victim’s moral metabolism and just gorges itself with judgements, anger, self-justification, and other forms of selfishness and self-centeredness that cause us so much unhappiness.Continue reading “Resentment and Forgiveness – Grapevine Article November 1995 by Jim M.”