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Grapevine : April 2011
Sometimes, even when we take the next right action in our individual recoveries, life has a way of being, well, life. And that's where emotional sobriety comes in. As Bill W. wrote in the January 1953 Grapevine: "If we examine every disturbance we have, great or small, we will find at the root of it some unhealthy dependence and its conse- quent demand. Let us, with God's help, continually surren- der these hobbling demands. Then we can be set free to live and love: we may then be able to gain emotional sobriety." In that vein, this Grapevine has a special section with stories of members' journeys to emotional sobriety. From "A Life Exploded," a member's husband, also a fellow AA, leaves her after 41 years of sobriety for a newcomer. And she still doesn't drink. In "An Unmade Bed," a woman with 12 years discovers that it's the little things in life that can lead to a slip. And in "HELP," an AA with 27 years learned early on that seeking support is critical to recovery and writes, "I am still coming to understand the importance of this humbling action." To see how fellow members lead rich lives, sometimes in spite of everything, is nothing short of inspiring. Equally inspiring are the other stories in this issue. Also, have you seen the Grapevine digital magazine? It's beautiful and green, too. If half of all Grapevine print subscribers converted to a digital subscription, the savings on print production would be substantial. To view a free sample, visit AAGrapevine.org. In Fellowship, The Managing Editor firstname.lastname@example.org aagrapevine.org 1