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January 2017 - Editorial

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‘It’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life for me and I’m feeling good.’ So go the words to a certain song sung by Nina Simone but I thought they were rather appropriate given that we are at the start of the Programme once again and we are focusing on Step and Tradition One in this issue. For me, personally, I found that those same words were comforting in my very early days of sobriety. I was told at one of my first meetings that all I had to do was focus on not drinking today because tomorrow was another day. I was reminded that if I did this a new life awaited and in time I might just start to feel good. And so it came to pass.

This month we have another veritable feast for your delectation. Yes, indeed, dear reader, we have a feast of Experience, Strength and Hope in this issue. Some of it is heart-wrenching, some is raw, some is painful to read but all of it is REAL and all of it is OURS to enjoy. Aren’t we lucky! We have also raided the Archive again this month and go back to 1983, where we look at one member’s view on the dire consequences of gossip in the rooms. Thirty three years on, this specific message remains the same – just like AA’s core principles.

We hope that you enjoy this issue and pass it on. If you are new to our Fellowship, remember that today is a new day and in recovery a new life will await you. If you are struggling, remember you’re not alone – we’ve all been there – keep it simple and get to meetings. You owe it to yourself to give it a try.

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