Fear and Faith – As Bill Sees It # 263

The achievement of freedom from fear is a lifetime undertaking, one that can never be wholly completed. When under heavy attack, acute illness, or in other conditions of serious insecurity, we shall all react to this emotion–well or badly, as the case may be. Only the self-deceived will claim perfect freedom from fear. ******************************** WeContinue reading “Fear and Faith – As Bill Sees It # 263”

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.”

The Secret of Serenity – Grapevine Article January 1952 by Anonymous

IN attending meetings in various groups in our region, I am continually surprised at the number of members who are resentful because they have not acquired “serenity”. They can’t get peace of mind “no matter how they try.” It is my opinion and it has certainly been my experience that we don’t “get” serenity byContinue reading “The Secret of Serenity – Grapevine Article January 1952 by Anonymous”

You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.

As the AA Steps contain the message of recovery, so the AA Traditions contain that of unity. I knew this fact in spirit sometime before my head caught on to it. While still very much a newcomer to the Fellowship, I first became aware of the Traditions while observing the running of meetings. Despite myContinue reading “You Mean There’s Already A Solution – Grapevine Article March 1988 by Boyce B.”

What is the Third Legacy – World Service It’s Heart – Grapevine Article May 2002 by Bill W.

Excerpted from Grapevine July 1955 Our Twelfth Step–carrying the message–is the basic service that the AA Fellowship gives; this is our principal aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, AA is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We must carry the message, else we ourselvesContinue reading “What is the Third Legacy – World Service It’s Heart – Grapevine Article May 2002 by Bill W.”

Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153

A sober woman living alone during the pandemic finds strength and fellowship by dialing numbers When the Covid virus hit, it suddenly became no longer safe and acceptable to hold hands in our AA meetings and offer each other a friendly hug. Then the meetings closed down and I began my quarantine at home, workingContinue reading “Mashup – Grapevine Article ‘ Lifeline’ with Big Book ‘A Vision For You’ pages 152 & 153”

March 20th Thought from Each Day A New Beginning

There’s a period of life where we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside. —Pearl Bailey For too many of us, feelings of shame, even self-hatred, are paramount. No one of us has a fully untarnished past. Every man, every woman, even every child experiences regret over some action.Continue reading “March 20th Thought from Each Day A New Beginning”

Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.

I guess I have a soul. We’re told that everyone has one. You must have a soul, too. But I don’t know what one looks like, do you? I wonder if anyone does. Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations lists almost 400 quotes wherein great thinkers, writers, and poets discuss the human soul. Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and the BibleContinue reading “Filet of Soul – Grapevine Article August 1987 by E.K.”

Chill Wind of the Soul – Grapevine Article July 2003 by Hank M

He thought he was the only one who felt so empty and alone In the days before I took my first drink, I remember seeing a photograph of a renowned existentialist philosopher. He was standing on a tiny ice floe, floating in a vast and otherwise empty sea, totally, absolutely alone. I remember thinking, evenContinue reading “Chill Wind of the Soul – Grapevine Article July 2003 by Hank M”

Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.

“Nothing can matter more to the future welfare of AA than the manner in which we use this colossus of communication.” —Bill W., 1960Audio Player00:0000:00 I have had amazing experiences already within virtual AA meetings, and over time I’ve come to the conclusion that there is very little difference between those and physical meetings—something thatContinue reading “Let’s Use Them Wisely – Grapevine Article September 2020 by Susan D.”