May 7th Every Day A New Beginning

We tend to think of the rational as a higher order, but it is the emotional that marks our lives. One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. —Merle Shain Pain stretches us. It pushes us toward others. It encourages us to pray. It invites us to relyContinue reading “May 7th Every Day A New Beginning”

The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.

Right from the start, AA spread simply by one drunk talking to another. Bill W. called on Doctor Bob in 1935 in Akron and AA was born. A physician, Dr. William Silkworth, who had worked intensely with alcoholics, was quick to see the possibilities for growth in this approach. But he was also vocal andContinue reading “The Challenge of Sponsorship – Grapevine Article June 1989 by Jim N.”

Dividends and Mysteries – As Bill Sees It #171

“The A.A. preoccupation with sobriety is sometimes misunderstood. To some, this single virtue appears to be the sole dividend of our Fellowship. We are thought to be dried-up drunks who otherwise have changed little, or not at all, for the better. Such a surmise widely misses the truth. We know that permanent sobriety can beContinue reading “Dividends and Mysteries – As Bill Sees It #171”

Between the Extremes – As Bill Sees It #159

“The real question is whether we can learn anything from our experiences upon which we may grow and help others to grow in the likeness and image of God. “We know that if we rebel against doing that which is reasonably possible for us, then we will be penalized. And we will be equally penalizedContinue reading “Between the Extremes – As Bill Sees It #159”

Reaching for Humility – As Bill Sees It #211

We saw we needn’t always be bludgeoned and beaten into humility. It could come quite as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting suffering. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ “We first reach for a little humility, knowing that we shall perish of alcoholism if we do not. After a time, though we may stillContinue reading “Reaching for Humility – As Bill Sees It #211”

How an Atheist Works the Steps – Grapevine Article March 2003 by June L.

Even the ones with “God” in them My life was in shambles, and I was desperate, Following a third botched suicide attempt, I was threatened with commitment to a mental hospital. Or I could call AA. I chose AA. But I was skeptical that it was the answer because I thought I was just crazy.Continue reading “How an Atheist Works the Steps – Grapevine Article March 2003 by June L.”

Does AA Have Hidden Membership Rules? – Grapevine Article June 2004 by Anonymous

You don’t have to be a sheep to stay sober I’ve been a grateful and active member of AA for fourteen years and have always been an admirer and student of AA literature and history. Though I’d like to think so at times, I don’t have all the answers, but I do have lots ofContinue reading “Does AA Have Hidden Membership Rules? – Grapevine Article June 2004 by Anonymous”

Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.

Three little words, one big difference My loneliness was a ceaseless, tangible thing, which gnawed away at my guts like a particularly nasty form of cancer. The cause of all this loneliness was that something inside me, beyond my control, made me vicious and frequently violent. I drank heavily every day in an effort toContinue reading “Small But Mighty – Grapevine Article March 2006 by Jack H.”

Forgiveness – As Bill Sees It #318

Through the vital Fifth Step, we began to get the feeling that we could be forgiven, no matter what we had thought or done. Often it was while working on this Step with our sponsors or spiritual advisers that we first felt truly able to forgive others, no matter how deeply we felt they hadContinue reading “Forgiveness – As Bill Sees It #318”

The Green Demon – Grapevine Article May 1962 by M.D.B.

Jealousy is poisonous – but this AA member found an effective antidote I CAN mark one thing well, in looking back at my whirling nightmare of drinking, it was the only time I was ever completely jealous of total strangers! It amazes me now to remember that I had ugly and envious thoughts about innocentContinue reading “The Green Demon – Grapevine Article May 1962 by M.D.B.”