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Editorial for June 2016

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Nostalgia - What’s it all about, and what does it mean? To me, at least, in my earlier drinking days it meant drinking to try and recapture some of the glory days of the long-distant past, where life was one huge party and responsibility was just a long word that other people had to deal with. Then, in my latter drinking years it meant desperately trying to recall any kind of life itself, rather than the miserable daily existence I had.

Since being a member of the Share team I have been lucky enough to visit GSO in York on a couple of occasions, and blessed with the opportunity to view a small part of the archived AA material in respect of SHARE and the Fellowship itself. To clap eyes on artefacts belonging to Bill W himself, to see decades-old documentation and photographs is truly humbling. And nostalgic. But it also makes me realise just how fortunate I am to be a member of this Fellowship and how it is my duty, as a member, to keep up the sterling work done by the pioneers of AA 80 years ago by giving back and by doing service to the very best of my ability.

At our recent sub-committee meeting at GSO, the team decided to share with readers of SHARE some of this archived material in forthcoming editions in an attempt to update the format somewhat, but also to remember the past and pay tribute to our forebears. Hang on a second that sounds a bit nostalgic, does it not? Well, yes it is. But unlike my drinking nostalgia this is more positive and optimistic. We hope you enjoy it and take inspiration from it.

Finally, I would like to personally acknowledge John N., SHARE’s outgoing editor, and thank him for his support and sponsorship into this role, and also his huge contribution over the years to the SHARE team and the Fellowship. Thank you John.

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