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Editorial October 2017

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AHOY THERE, and welcome to October's edition of SHARE. This month, there are changes afoot, and we hope you approve and enjoy. Firstly, there is only one instance of your editor attempting to be funny or comedic in the editorial (honest, guv!). This month, the eagle-eyed may notice the absence of some of our regular columns. There is no Speakers' Corner, Reflecting Back, or Promises Revisited, for example. The primary reason for Speakers' absence is that Coventry Kevin's splendid series on our Traditions has now reached full cycle. Thank you, Kevin, for your wonderful contribution.

The other regulars are taking a sabbatical, primarily due to my scratched record. Yes, dear reader, you may have noticed me whining, moaning and bleating each month about there being a shortage of articles and would you please write in to us. Well, you HAVE written in to us. Thank you very much indeed. As such, I felt it important to include as much as possible in this month's edition, especially as most centre around Step and Tradition Ten. Brilliant news, much appreciated!

Now then, about this month's title. Haven't we had a lighthouse on the cover in the last year, and what's it got to do with AA or our Programme anyway, I hear you ask? Well, the photo this month immediately led me to the title, 'Avoiding the Rocks'. You see, for me, when I review my day at day's end, or partway through if something is bothering me, this process is very much like the sweeping light on our lighthouse. It highlights EVERYTHING in its path. Good and bad. I can see the rocks and steer clear of the trouble ahead. Directly and promptly. And that, for me, is the majesty and simplicity of Step Ten: I need not suffer negativity for long.

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