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Grapevine : October 2011
to where I was, that if I changed my actions, my mind would follow. "Do the next right thing" was her mantra. You're in a muddle because you don't know what to do about a problem? Go clean the bathroom, mow the lawn. Pray, and it will come to you. Help someone else, and you'll forget your problem. Go to a meeting and make yourself useful. Set up chairs and wash the coffee pot and do it out of love, not because you want every- one to know you did it. Check your motives, figure out if you're being self- ish and self--centered or if you truly want to help. I came to realize that AA is the best deal in town. Love, accep- tance, following spiritual guidelines, trying to live useful and productive lives, reaching out to others needing help, finding God and relying on him, and it's free! Someone shared last week and her topic was, "The most useful thing you've learned through sobri- ety." I didn't get a chance to share, but my thought was, This too shall pass. All my life I've been plagued with the notion that the trouble I'm in right now, this horrendous situa- tion, will last forever, never change. The most useful thing that I've learned is that everything changes. My job is to be patient and useful to others and live in the moment. The Serenity Prayer has been enormous- ly helpful, in all kinds of situations. I am so grateful that I don't have the highs and lows I experienced while drinking, that life has smoothed out with occasional glitches. I have been sober through the death of my dad and others I love, being sued for $8 million, break-ups of relation- ships, as well as the so-called highs of life, like weddings. Sometimes those can be more chilling to an al- coholic than the bad stuff. Through it all, I know that this too shall pass. With God as my guide, I can go through anything. Today I find it rewarding to be taking care of my aging mom, giv- ing back to her in a kind of repay- ment for the miserable time I put her through as a kid and as a drink- ing adult. My family has welcomed me back and even entrusts me with administering the family's affairs. I have a connection with God that is unshakeable and gives me great joy. My life is balanced with people out- side the program, loving and caring people who have dreams and vi- sions for a better world. And I owe it all to AA. Kitty B. Carmel, Calif. Weekends I would rent four videos, pull the drapes, unplug the phone and drink. My world got very small and I didn't have to feel a thing. 16 October 2011