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Grapevine : December 2011
Get a job! ONE thing that AA gives us is the very thing that will take us back out—our life. I had a spon- sor and was using him to work the Steps, praying morning and night, calling alcoholics and making a meeting every day. I had my life back—and it was getting busy. One morning I overslept and forgot to pray, but nothing bad happened. This voice whispered in my head, “See, you don’t have to pray EVERY day!” Then, I forgot to call my sponsor all week, but nothing bad happened. That voice got louder, saying, “They don’t care about you. How many of Each year, Grapevine holds a competition for photographers to be featured in our Wall Calendar. We’d love to see your most striking photographs that reflect the joy of living, serenity and other sobriety themes. Contributors of selected photos will receive complimentary copies of the 2013 Calendar and Pocket Planner. Entries must be received by March 1, 2012. They cannot be returned, and may be considered for magazine illustrations. Submit digital images on CDs, along with printouts, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include contact informa- tion. Please note: Digital files must be high-resolution—300 dpi minimum. Mail entries to: Art Editor, Grapevine, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. For more information visit aagrapevine.org. ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST them called you?” Next, I went on a business trip and didn’t get to a single meeting and still nothing bad happened. Before I knew it, I had a drink in my hand. I have a disease that tells me that I don’t have a disease. I will buy the lie again if I don’t get in the middle of AA and stay there. If you don’t have a job in AA, you will eventu- ally get bored or distract- ed and leave. Working with others will protect you from buying the lie again, so find someone less fortunate than your- self and help them get a job in AA too. Kevin D. Indian Land, S.C. Grapevine jumpstart MY first home group meeting was a Grapevine meeting in Juneau, Alaska, where we read an article each week from the magazine. I got soooo much from that meeting and subscribed right away. I have been a subscriber for all of my sobriety, which in a few months will be 30 years. Thank you so much for giving me so many tools and examples of how to live sober. Mike J. Boise, Idaho We are who we are My cousin is a les- bian. She helped show me the door of AA at 50. Does that make me different? Does that make me an outsider? We all want one thing in life—to stay sober. If you can’t accept who people are, then you are not following the pro- gram. Read the “Twelve and Twelve.” Frank E. Central Falls, R.I. aagrapevine.org 7 GRAPE_4-7.indd 7 11/1/11 10:15 AM