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HELLO AND WELCOME to April 2017. Another month down and another step closer to better weather. At least, that's the plan but you know what they say about plans and looking too far ahead. Risky business - for this alcoholic, in any case.

Someone asked me the other day how I come up with titles for SHARE and why it was that some of the time the title is a bit - in his words - off-the-wall and irrelevant. Well, the remit is fairly open, actually. There are no specific 'thou shalts/shalt nots' as such, except that obviously controversial or contentious themes should be avoided. So, in answer to my querying friend, this month's title came from the school playground. Whilst waiting with other parents at pick up time, I overhead two mothers discussing how to remember which way the clocks change. One gently said to the other, "Spring forward, Fall back". So, in other words this month’s completely unrelated to AA, its literature or any of its Steps, or Traditions, then. Memo to self - try harder next month, for goodness sake!

Anyway, back to the nitty gritty: this month we are focusing on Step and Tradition Four. Mmmm; for many of us it's the first Step of action and progress. In my case, as I have shared here before, I avoided Step Four (actually, I avoided all of them) for some years in recovery. I swerved this Step specifically because it was painful looking at my faults. Quite happy to look at others’ but not mine, thank you very much. Anyway, after I finally embarked on my journey of recovery and reached the dreaded Step Four I realized that by practising our Programme I was springing forward but if I get complacent I will fall back.

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