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June 2023


Gratitude - such an important aspect of sobriety. It does me good to take a moment and remember the reasons I am grateful that I eventually found AA, the people within and got sober. I’m very aware that if I forget to be grateful, my sobriety will soon start to suffer and also that the ripple effect this will have on those around me will be horrific. When I first came into AA I would hear a local member (still a dear friend today) talk about being
able to go to sleep at night and be thankful for the day. This was such a contrast to how I felt before getting sober – I was certainly not grateful to be alive or to have to suffer another day! Today though, I sometimes think I might burst with gratitude. I am grateful I am alive; my family are still in my life; I can hear the birds singing and the bees buzzing and life has the colour back in it – it was so grey when I first came to AA. If you are new to AA
and that grey colour is familiar, please hang in with us and wait for the colour!

I’m also grateful I can be here for the newcomer and to be able to honestly tell them that life can be OK. This issue of Roundabout falls within Gratitude Week; a chance for members who can afford it, to give a little extra to AA. You can read more about this on page 17.

Remaining 2023 Themes:
August - You Are No Longer Alone
September - Steps 8 and 9
October - Came to Believe
November - Steps 10, 11 and 12
December - The Promises

Editor, roundabout@aamail.org

1 Preamble
2 Subcommittee Noticeboard
3 Editorial
4 New Lives For Old In AA
6 Welcome And Friendship
8 Subscribe To Roundabout
9 The Newcomer
11 Planting The Seed
i Conventions And Gatherings
ii-iv Group Information
13 The Roundabout Interview
16 Extracts From AA Literature
19 Everything Comes In Threes
21 AA History Corner
24 The Twelve Concepts Of World Service
25 The Twelve Traditions

Roundabout 2023