Boredom Ambushes the Unwary – Grapevine Article April 1950 by J.F.

PAGING Solomon with all his wisdom! What makes some of us take that first drink? We can get as many answers to that perennial question as there are unfortunate slipees. It has been my experience that boredom sets an emotional trap for all of us. The eager beaver in AA, full of inspirational fire and fervor, veryContinue reading “Boredom Ambushes the Unwary – Grapevine Article April 1950 by J.F.”

The Step That Keeps Us Growing – As Bill Sees It #264

Sometimes, when friends tell us how well we are doing, we know better inside. We know we aren’t doing well enough. We still can’t handle life, as life is. There must be a serious flaw somewhere in our spiritual practice and development. What, then, is it? The chances are better than even that we shallContinue reading “The Step That Keeps Us Growing – As Bill Sees It #264”

Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238

“Self-pity is one of the most unhappy and comsuming defects that we know. It is a bar to all spiritual progress and can cut off all effective communication with our fellows because of its inordinate demands for attention and sympathy. It is a maudin form of martyrdom, which we can ill afford. “The remedy? Well,Continue reading “Maudlin Martyrdom – As Bill Sees It #238”

The Prodigal Relapser – Grapevine Article by Benny P.

His message? Love the repeated relapser until he can love himself “I can’t believe I need a miracle to get sober!” I blurt out in the middle of someone’s share. The meeting becomes quiet and I sob in my seat, the same seat I have sat in for over ten years trying to get sober.Continue reading “The Prodigal Relapser – Grapevine Article by Benny P.”

The Roots of Resentment – October 1977 by F.M.

We can see ourselves in the anger we feel toward others RESENTMENTS are ruin. Backed-up anger can give us a bad depression; explosive anger can make us say or do things we will regret. Resentment that is allowed to fester can become an obsession and make us nervously unstable. Retaliation and revenge will harm usContinue reading “The Roots of Resentment – October 1977 by F.M.”

We Cannot Stand Still – As Bill Sees It #25

In the first days of A.A., I wasn’t much bothered about the areas of life in which I was standing still. There was always the alibi: “After all,” I said to myself, “I’m far too busy with much more important matters.” That was my near perfect prescription for comfort and complacency.<< << << >> >>Continue reading “We Cannot Stand Still – As Bill Sees It #25”

A Gift To Joe – Grapevine Article March 2016 by Joe T

Stuck in the rehab, he met a man who gave him a way out and also a way back in I was at the beginning of my second year of sobriety. It was late in October and the leaves were falling. The days were cool and the time of year was inviting nostalgia. My drinking friendsContinue reading “A Gift To Joe – Grapevine Article March 2016 by Joe T”

No Boundaries – As Bill Sees It #150

Meditation is something which can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, of width or height or depth. Aided by such instruction and example as we can find, it is essentially an individual adventure, something which each one of us works out in his own way. But its object is always the same; toContinue reading “No Boundaries – As Bill Sees It #150”

It’s Never Too Late For A Miracle – Grapevine Article November 1997 by Herb R.

This alcoholic finally got sober after bouncing in and out of AA for thirty-nine years I went to my first AA meeting in the spring of 1953. It was a prerequisite to being released from a state hospital where I’d spent sixty days for alcoholism at the tender age of twenty-one. The hospital experience scaredContinue reading “It’s Never Too Late For A Miracle – Grapevine Article November 1997 by Herb R.”

It Takes A Realist To Believe In Miracles – Grapevine Article February 1986 by L.O.

WHEN I FIRST JOINED the AA Fellowship, I was told that alcoholism is a disease. I could easily relate to that concept and be at home with it, for I have lived with a severe, chronic disease since infancy. At the age of sixteen months I was diagnosed at Duke University School of Endocrinology asContinue reading “It Takes A Realist To Believe In Miracles – Grapevine Article February 1986 by L.O.”