EDITORIAL JUNE 2018
Welcome to our June edition, it must be summer!
This month's edition of Share includes articles on Step Six, "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character." All part of "Cleaning up our act." Making that decision to let go of the things we now see as objectionable, things that are going to inhibit us as we start living this new sober life. I like the picture on our front cover. It speaks to me of washing done, clean clothes that are enjoying some bracing fresh air streaming through all those fibres.
So what is this sober life some may ask? First and foremost it was putting down the glass. Then what? "Keep busy," they told me. "Tidy your room, polish your shoes, go for a walk, go to a meeting and keep coming back." Keeping busy included getting to meetings earlier, putting out chairs, boiling kettles and talking to Fellow members. It meant tidying up afterwards and doing the washing up. That wonderful opportunity to spend time with a member who was sober longer than me. For those of us fortunate enough to still have a family it meant trying to do my bit. Not always easy as my family had to deal with my mad head on too many occasions and still does. But slow progress.
Then my sober life experienced the awakening that sobriety brings. Seeing leaves on trees, walking with my head up and walking in a straight line, no longer dodging into doorways to avoid people. Applying for jobs and dealing with disappointment. Laughing with people. Getting a job. Becoming a useful member of society. Most of all a sober life has meant me having a life. A life to live a daily adventure. It's fabulous!