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Editorial May 2020

Dear Reader

One of our favourite phrases at SHARE is, 'Your meeting between meetings.' At this time of physical meetings being suspended we hope that Share can be a part of your, 'Meeting between meetings' to help support you on your sober journey.

In my time in the Fellowship I have seen that alcoholics are very resourceful people. I see that resourcefulness today with meetings going on line and members finding many new ways to keep sharing with each other.

Most of our meetings end with members saying together the Serenity Prayer. The acceptance part now probably includes the fact that we cannot get to meetings, we cannot welcome each other with a handshake and that we are confined to where we live. The courage to change is perhaps learning how to use unfamiliar technology to get to an online meeting, the courage to reach out and call other members who we, 'Don't want to disturb' and to think about other new ways we can do Service in AA in these very different times.

I have heard members sharing about many things recently including fear. But this is nothing new for us. In our Big Book where it brings us to Step Ten the book quotes, 'Continue to watch for selfishness, dishonesty, resentment, and fear. When these crop up, we ask God at once to remove them. We discuss them with someone immediately and make amends quickly if we have harmed anyone. Then we resolutely turn our thoughts to someone we can help. Love and tolerance of others is our code.' (BB p.84)

So we continue to have a Programme for our daily lives and for this present situation. We could therefore class ourselves as fortunate that we have a way of dealing with all these difficulties but only on a daily basis.

Download the full issue here, or read the articles below.

An Invisible Force

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SO, round about five years in, I had a good sponsor and had done the Programme. I was still unemployed and had been for a while, and was so poor that, it seemed to me even the church mice would point at me and snicker as they walked past.

Blessed and Happy

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WHEN I first came into AA and learned that alcoholism is a disease, I felt relieved that it is not something I chose to become. I was at the lowest point in my life in that I was going to end my life that day.

Coronavirus Where Meetings Fit Into the Scheme of Things

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Alcoholics Anonymous is a matter of personal survival for me. If I don?t stay sober then I will die. By putting staying sober ahead of everything else I have managed to get through the last 42 years without having to take a drink. Here I try to look at the significance of attending AA meetings and the place that AA meetings take in my approach to sobriety.

Grandpa Meetings

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I WAS at an English-speaking meeting in Berlin last year, and there was a guy there bewailing the fact that he had recently attended what he referred to as a 'grandpa' meeting. As he put it, 'You know, the kind where all they do is moan about the fact that their washing machine isn?t working. No Steps, no Programme'.