The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.

How the AA program deals with our need for self-approval and recognition by others OBSERVE an alcoholic at the ripest point of a bender, and you’ll see a pretty complete demonstration of proven ways to lose friends and alienate people. Almost anything he does, from talking too loudly to burning holes in a hostess’ carpet,Continue reading “The Search For Self-Approval – Grapevine Article October 1967 by M.D.B.”

Self-Pity Can Kill – Grapevine Article February 1973 by J.W.

We can weep, whine, or get drunk–or we can learn to accept OVER AND OVER, through the gaiety of the preholiday season in December 1965, I chanted this litany of despair: “I gave all I had to give, and it wasn’t enough.” And on Christmas night, I made a drunken and almost successful suicide attempt.Continue reading “Self-Pity Can Kill – Grapevine Article February 1973 by J.W.”

Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.

There are times now when my sons say, “Hey, Mom, the old Man is getting mellow! Part of it is gentle mockery; the rest an acknowledgment by them of what LIVE AND LET LIVE has changed in me–at least to a degree. It wasn’t always thus, and my wife and sons ought to know becauseContinue reading “Live and Let. . . Grapevine Article February 1957 by J.F.”

A Spiritual Axiom – October 9th Daily Reflection

It is a spiritual axiom that every time we are disturbed, no matter what the cause, there is something wrong with us.— TWELVE STEPS AND TWELVE TRADITIONS, p. 90 I never truly understood the Tenth Step’s spiritual axiom until I had the following experience. I was sitting in my bedroom, reading into the wee hours,Continue reading “A Spiritual Axiom – October 9th Daily Reflection”

It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.

Constant work with the Tenth Step shows us what we are and what we can become DURING MY drinking days, it seemed that I was either a god or a devil–but never human. I was either so grandly above everyone else that they were unworthy of my love or so desperately below the level ofContinue reading “It Takes Practice to Be Human – Grapevine Article December 1977 by M.B.”

How GUGOGS Meditation Works

Assembled and edited by Wayne S. As you ready yourself for your meditation practice, please be fully present during the meditation and avoid distractions. Be in a place where you can devote your full attention to the practice. As you read this, please consider that your meditation practice has already begun . . . TheContinue reading “How GUGOGS Meditation Works”

An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.

I AM an alcoholic and an atheist. I am addressing this to those alcoholics who have had trouble with the religious overtones in the AA program. But let me state first that it depresses me to think of what life would be like without AA. It has been long on my mind to write thisContinue reading “An Atheist Speaks Out – Grapevine Article May 1962 by E.L.”

Clarity – Grapevine Article September 1975 by S.B.

IF YOU HAD to choose one word to describe your sobriety, which would you choose? There are so many marvelous benefits to being sober, but if I had to put it into one word, I would select “clarity.” The meaning of “clarity” has changed slightly. In the seventeenth century, according to the Oxford English Dictionary,Continue reading “Clarity – Grapevine Article September 1975 by S.B.”

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”

Big Book Is Born – Grapevine Article May 2019; 80 Years After It’s Original Publication

TIMELINE WRITTEN BY BILL S. | FAIRFIELD, CONN. Middle of Oct., 1937Our cofounder Bill W. travels to Akron where the group meets and approves raising funds for paid missionaries, a chain of national hospitals and the writing of a book. The Ohio members do not, however, intend to contribute any money themselves, and they sendContinue reading “Big Book Is Born – Grapevine Article May 2019; 80 Years After It’s Original Publication”