My Thoughts On Anonymity
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The theme of this issue got me thinking about how I view safety in AA and when I first came to AA, I remember feeling ‘safe’; I felt safe at the meetings, with the people I met and crucially, safe from my own thoughts. Eventually over time I began to feel safe in the outside world because of the foundations AA had helped me build. I had not realised how important feeling safe was until I experienced it, in such a true form.
Paul’s article starting on page 4 talks about the safety he feels in a meeting and how important this is. There are not many places you can meet a room full of strangers, knowing you will pretty much always leave with new friends! But he also talks about how he transitioned to online meetings when the pandemic hit, because he had to look for alternative meetings. It was still crucial to ensure those attending were safe, even though they were not meeting online. It was also crucial that he spoke up when he had concerns and discussed them with other group members – something the ‘old me’ would have struggled to do. I wouldn’t have wanted to cause an issue or upset people, but AA teaches us to have the courage to speak up and seek help from others.
If I can take a moment to draw your attention to the rest of our themes for 2021, detailed on page 16. Please consider submitting articles for these issues or helping fellow members to do so and please bear in mind we work two months in advance of each issue.
2 Sub-Committee Notice Board
4 Life Is Amazing Today
6 Online Safety
7 Getting Back To The Live Show
10 Safe And Guarded
i-iv AA Conference Approved Books
13 The Roundabout Interview
17 Archive Article From The Grapevine
18 My Journey So Far
20 Article From The Roundabout Archive
22 That Was The Week That Was
23 Subscribe To Roundabout
Those are very powerful words for me and most times I've said them it's been in the comfort and safety of AA company or in an AA meeting knowing I'm almost never alone.Find out more