Seeing & Accepting Our Reality – 12 & 12 pages 122 -125

This extract from Step 12 can be thought of as a high level roadmap for helping us understand our ongoing journey toward emotional sobriety as we grow in maturity and balance. This journey has no ceiling ; we can always be in a mode of expansion. Bill W more deeply explored these themes in hisContinue reading “Seeing & Accepting Our Reality – 12 & 12 pages 122 -125”

What Is Freedom in AA? – Grapevine Article May 1960 by Bill W

THE TRADITIONS and customs of Alcoholics Anonymous reveal a charter for individual and group freedom, the like of which history has never before produced. We have no humanly administered government whatever. Once upon a time, there was an AA member who got the notion that his own group was a little too stuffy, respectable, andContinue reading “What Is Freedom in AA? – Grapevine Article May 1960 by Bill W”

Prelude To The Program – As Bill Sees It #118

Few people will sincerely try to practice the A.A. program unless they have “hit bottom,” for practicing A.A.’s Steps means the adoption of attitudes and actions that almost no alcoholic who is still drinking can dream of taking. The average alcoholic, self-centered inthe extreme, doesn’t care for this prospect–unless he has to do these thingsContinue reading “Prelude To The Program – As Bill Sees It #118”

Life–it Happens – Grapevine Article May 2005 by Joe B.

Ups, Downs, and spiritual progress In February, I celebrated thirty years of sobriety, and in March, I turned sixty years old. Both celebrations would have been inconceivable for me on that miserable day when I made the call to AA and said those now familiar words, “My name is Joe, and I’m an alcoholic.” IContinue reading “Life–it Happens – Grapevine Article May 2005 by Joe B.”

Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43

“I went to my hotel and leisurely dressed for dinner. As I crossed the threshold of the dining room, the thought came to mind that it would be nice to have a couple of cocktails with dinner. That was all. Nothing more. I ordered a cocktail and my meal. Then I ordered another cocktail. AfterContinue reading “Fred’s Story; Self Knowledge Doesn’t Work – Big Book pages 41 thru 43”

In All Our Affairs – Grapevine Article July 1956 by H.W.

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs WORDS HAVE A WAY of taking on an entirely new significance when we enter into the new world opened up to us by AA sobriety. We allContinue reading “In All Our Affairs – Grapevine Article July 1956 by H.W.”

Attitude Adjustment – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Gee

A nice way to start the day I am an alcoholic who has been sober and recovering for just over eight months now. What an incredible ride it has been. From the moment I pulled open the doors to my very first meeting, I felt something different, something good was going to happen. Those doors,Continue reading “Attitude Adjustment – Grapevine Article January 2006 by Gee”

To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188

In our belief, any scheme of combating alcoholism which proposes wholly to shield the sick man from temptation is doomed to failure. If the alcoholic tries to shield himself he may succeed for a time, but he usually winds up with a bigger explosion than ever. We have tried these methods. These attempts to doContinue reading “To Survive Trials – As Bill Sees It #188”

In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.

A report from Phuket, Thailand The moment of silence before we begin meetings here in Phuket has taken on new levels of significance since December’s tsunami. Many of us have shared as to how the principles of AA have guided our actions in attending the wounded, searching for the dead, and helping to rebuild theContinue reading “In the Wake of the Wave – Grapevine Article March 2005 by Chris W.”

The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.

It may be heard in the rising and falling of a child’s breath at night In May 1993, I entered the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the midst of a very painful divorce resulting from years of alcohol abuse on my part. My two children, aged two and three at the time, were caught inContinue reading “The Rhythm of Life – Grapevine Article October 1998 by Frank K.”