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EDITORIAL MARCH 2019

Dear Reader

Welcome to our third edition. We are good at welcoming in AA, it is part of our recovery to give it away. We understand as a newcomer walks through the door how they feel because we have been there. We understand the importance of an offered handshake and a smile. This moment could change someone's life.

Step Three can be a life changer too. If we have got this far in our Twelve Step journey we have managed to put down the glass and found our own conception of a Higher Power. That's a huge amount of progress on these life changing Steps. But now are we ready to really trust that Higher Power each day with our lives? Easy to say, harder to do at times.

But we have much to help us on this journey if we are willing to ask for some help. We have our sponsor, the Big Book, the 12 and 12, other AA literature, Step meetings and our Fellow AA members. Some of us have struggled to get to grips with this Step, others have quickly taken to it like a duck to water. Both these types of experience can help the newcomer, they certainly helped me. We have this true wealth of experience in our Fellowship with members who are happy to share it.

Then we have Tradition Three, "The only requirement for membership... " To get into AA you just have to walk through the door. But for many of us the walk to that door seemed a long, long scary journey. But once inside, a handshake, a smile, a cup of tea and no lectures. It didn't even matter how much we drank, just that we wanted some help. So many of us fell in love with AA at that point.


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