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Grapevine : May 2011
an inside JOb and many other prisoners, some of whom have control issues and per- sonality disorders. i once heard in an AA meeting that, “if you spot it, you got it,” which is possibly true. i view dealing with other flawed indi- viduals as god providing me with an opportunity for improvement. i’ve also learned to accept responsibil- ity for my flaws and shortcomings, to not worry about the other person and keep the focus on myself. in here, verbal combat is often a precursor to violence. only by the grace of god has my mouth not led me to the graveyard or left me with more time to serve, and that applies especially to my relationships at work. recently, a coworker challenged me. i responded directly, growling, “ You best stop messing with me or i will send you home in a box.” This was not a wise thing to say to someone who has an antisocial personality disorder and may be a paranoid schizophrenic, nor is it a good example of working the pro- gram. Fortunately, god was with me that day. We talked out the problem and i promptly made amends in accordance with Step Ten. He also apologized and we got along well for the remainder of his sentence. others have commented on how humble i am, which makes me proud. However, i can have days when Dr. Jekyll turns into Mr. Hyde and he comes out screaming. Usu- ally, this happens at work and it is on those days when i need the program most. i pray for direction and guid- ance from my Higher Power, write about what’s going on, and, if pos- sible, speak with my sponsor or an- other alcoholic. Sometimes, though, it’s just me, god, the principles of the RecoveRy at woRk aagrapevine.org 13 GRAPE_12-14.indd 13 4/4/11 1:09 PM