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Editorial July 2017
It's summer time and it will be holiday time for a lot of us. Many of us in the Fellowship will be eagerly looking forward to yet another happy, uncomplicated and sober holiday with our families, loved ones or friends. Holidays that will be both enjoyed and remembered. Many of us will be looking forward to revisiting groups and rekindling friendships previously formed many, many miles from home.
Some of us, though, may be travelling to places where AA is almost non-existent or AA groups not easily accessible. This situation can be particularly worrying for those of us younger in sobriety and set to embark on their first sober holiday in a long time. In such circumstances, some simple preparation will be very advantageous.
The first and obvious thing to do is check, via the internet, if AA is readily available at your destination. In most cases this will be so. A list of 'local' meetings will thereafter be just a few 'clicks' away. Print off a list and take it with you. After all, AA may be well established where you're going but internet connection may not. Also, take a note of the local 'helpline' number and carry it with you.
If AA is not readily available where you're going, just ensure you take Alcoholics Anonymous with you! Take the Big Book, take other AA books and approved literature and, most importantly, take telephone numbers of AA fellow group members and friends. Network with them throughout. A wee text message sent to half a dozen pals will bring half a dozen replies. Such a simple thing as text messaging keeps you 'in touch with base' and reassured.
Remember Roundabout is your meeting in print. Take a few copies with you. Remember, too, that Roundabout can be accessed online and a good many articles from previous issues can be read and even listened to. Access it via alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk > Members > Fellowship magazines > Roundabout. Enjoy the trip.
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4. Acceptance Is The Answer To All My Problems Today
7. Steps Two And Three
9. Amazed Before I Was Half Way Through
11. There Was Something Lacking
12. A Meeting And A Bacon Roll
i-iv. Group Changes, Diary & Service Pages
13. The Roundabout Interview
17. The Beauty Of Sobriety
18. Sobriety First
19. Twelve Concepts Checklist (GB)
21. That Was The Week That Was
23. Roundabout Subscription Form