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Grapevine : March 2011
lowship, have stopped growing. As Bill W. notes in a June 1960 article titled "AA Tomorrow," "Never should we be lulled into complacent self- satisfaction by the wide acclaim and success that is everywhere ours. This is the subtle temptation which could stagnate us today, perchance disintegrate us tomorrow. We have always rallied to meet and tran- scend failure and crisis. Problems have been our stimulants. How well, though, shall we be able to meet the problems of success?" He goes on to ask, "Will we con- tinue to search out the ever-present flaws and gaps in our communica- tions? With enough imagination, courage, and dedication, will we resolutely address ourselves to those many tasks of repair and improve- ment which even now the future is calling on us to undertake?" So, if we have indeed stopped growing as a Fellowship, it's because we have stopped having problems--- or have simply stopped acknowledg- ing them. Problems aren't so bad, after all. In my life, I seem to have acquired quite a lot of them, with more just on the horizon. Some seem possible to solve, others appear as if I'll never get beyond just a daily reprieve be- fore they're back again, waiting at my door. But, if I can stay connected to AA, looking to the Fellowship not to resolve my difficulties but to help me grow through them without having to be alone, I've got a decent chance at staying sober. As Bill suggests at the end of his article, "For so long as we re- main sure that our 'one world of AA' is God's gift rather than any virtue earned or created by ourselves; and for so long as our 'one world' con- tinues to be ever more inclusive of those in need; and for so long as we speak and try to perfect the lan- guage of love---for just so long may we count upon making whatever rendezvous with destiny that God would have us." Ames S. New York, N.Y. Something I sense in the Fellowship these days is a feeling of obligation---and not the kind I felt when I came into AA almost 33 years ago, where those of us who were lucky enough to stay sober felt obliged to the Fellowship. Grapevine 57