The Big Picture – Steps & Traditions (Foreword Page 15 of Twelve & Twelve)

“A.A.’ s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as a way of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole. A.A.’ s Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellow-ship itself. They outline the means by whichContinue reading “The Big Picture – Steps & Traditions (Foreword Page 15 of Twelve & Twelve)”

To Deepen Our Insight – As Bill Sees It #54

It is necessary that we extricate from an examination of our personal relations every bit of information about ourselves and our fundamental difficulties that we can. Since defective relations with other human beings have nearly always been the immediate cause of our woes, including our alcoholism, no field of investigation could yield more satisfying andContinue reading “To Deepen Our Insight – As Bill Sees It #54”

Mashup On Laughter – Three Short Grapevine Articles That Remind Us Of Laughter’s Wisdom And Power to Unite & Heal

Rediscovering Laughter BY: B.M. April 1984 THE FIRST time I heard laughter coming from an AA room, I had the thought (and thoughts were not easy to come by at that stage of my sobriety) “What are these people laughing at? What’s so funny?” Nothing had been funny in my life for a while, andContinue reading “Mashup On Laughter – Three Short Grapevine Articles That Remind Us Of Laughter’s Wisdom And Power to Unite & Heal”

That Elusive Humility – Grapevine Article November 1958 by John L.

“EVERYBODY talks about humility ain’t got it . . . ” This paraphrase of the well-known spiritual’s denial of unanimous claims to heaven is just as true as the original, perhaps more so. For probably some people who do talk about heaven are going there. But no one who claims humility for himself has it.Continue reading “That Elusive Humility – Grapevine Article November 1958 by John L.”

Bill’s New Friend – Big Book pages 13, 14

At the hospital I was separated from alcohol for the last time. Treatment seemed wise, for I showed signs of delirium tremens. There I humbly offered myself to God, as I then understood Him, to do with me as He would. I placed myself unreservedly under His care and direction. I admitted for the firstContinue reading “Bill’s New Friend – Big Book pages 13, 14”

Final Words & Wisdom – Big Book Page 164

Last Two Paragraphs Of AA Big Book Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in your morning meditation what you can do each day for the man who is still sick. The answers will come,Continue reading “Final Words & Wisdom – Big Book Page 164”

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”

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”

Alone No More – As Bill Sees It #252

Alcoholism was a lonely business, even though we were surrounded by people who loved us. But when our self-will had driven everybody away and our isolation became complete, we commenced to play the big shot in cheap barrooms. Failing even in this, we had to fare forth alone on the street to depend upon theContinue reading “Alone No More – As Bill Sees It #252”

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.”