Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250

Whenever I find myself under acute tensions, I lengthen my daily walks and slowly repeat our Serenity Prayer in rhythm to my steps and breathing. If I feel that my pain has in part been occasioned by others, I try to repeat, “God grant me the serenity to love their best, and never fear theirContinue reading “Prayer Under Pressure – As Bill Sees It #250”

And Letting Go Of It – AA Daily Reflections July 7th

… primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded. Living upon a basis of unsatisfied demands, we were in a state of continual disturbance and frustration. Therefore, no peace was to be had unless we could find a means of reducing these demands. The differenceContinue reading “And Letting Go Of It – AA Daily Reflections July 7th”

A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.

MANY notes and many instruments go to make a symphony. Life is like that too. I do not mean the vast discord of a drunken existence, nor the confusion of intermittent tippling between benders. I mean real life; the experience that commences with active participation in AA. Many instruments and much practice are needed forContinue reading “A Lesson In Harmony – Grapevine Article May 1959 by T.W.”

A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.

WE MEMBERS of AA do not have a monopoly on feeling uncomfortable. Over and over, I hear my fellows (and me, too, sometimes) lament some “alcoholic” discomfort or other. It seems to me that many of those feelings are not so much alcoholic as they are human. A good example is contained in the promiseContinue reading “A Daily Decision – Grapevine Article February 1981 by W.H.”

Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles

Being honest about the reality of our lives while at the same time being open-minded and willing to respond differently to these realities is the heart and soul of recovery whether you have 2 days , 2 months , 2 years , or decades of sobriety. We also become clear that our denials, fears, resentments,Continue reading “Discovering & Facing Reality – A Mashup of Two Grapevine Articles”

This Is Life – Grapevine Article by Shannon C.

Facing life on life’s terms, she asks not what AA can do for her—but what she can do for AA It’d been a couple of weeks since I’d received some overwhelming bad news. Actually, these past couple of years have consisted of one devastating blow after another. Just when I thought I was on theContinue reading “This Is Life – Grapevine Article by Shannon C.”

The Will and The Way – Grapevine Article Nov 1986 by M.B.

Whenever the question of solving drinking problems by means of willpower arises, I think of the well-known Oriental finger puzzle. This finger puzzle, a dime-store item with a centuries-old history, is a plaited fiber sheath that fits the fingers snugly and has a diabolical way of gripping with increasing pressure the more one struggles toContinue reading “The Will and The Way – Grapevine Article Nov 1986 by M.B.”

Mashup – The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article & Dr. Bob’s Farewell

The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article June 2021 By Howard D. If I am ever concerned or confused about what to do, I ask myself this question: What is the loving thing to do here? It took me decades to realize that the goal of recovery is sobriety and unconditional love of others and myself.Continue reading “Mashup – The Way We Treat Others Grapevine Article & Dr. Bob’s Farewell”

Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12

“Just like you, I have often thought myself the victim of what other people say and do. Yet every time I confessed the sins of such people, especially those whose sins did not correspond exactly with my own, I found that I only increased the total damage. My own resentment, my self-pity would often renderContinue reading “Mashup Those Other People – As Bill See It # 268 and Spot Inventory Mini Steps from 12 and 12”

Pro•Cras•Tin•A•Tion – Grapevine Article June 2021 by Nicholas L.

When he does the Steps, character defects get lifted. But is today the day to be ready to look at this five-syllable word? This morning I sat down at my desk, which is inundated with papers that have been building into heaps over the two years since my ex-wife ceased doing my paperwork. Looking atContinue reading “Pro•Cras•Tin•A•Tion – Grapevine Article June 2021 by Nicholas L.”