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Hello, dear reader, and welcome to this month’s edition of SHARE. We are coming to the end of the calendar year and the end of the 12 pillar Programme. This month focuses on Step, Tradition and Concept 11. Hence this month’s title: Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness.

In this edition we have some lovely articles to read which I hope will help any newcomers understand better the idea of communicating with his/her Higher Power through prayer and meditation. For me, personally, this was a bit strange in my early days and I resolved then that I wouldn’t bother with that. Thankfully I do make the effort now, though. We also have a couple of thought-provoking articles on Tradition 11 this month, too. These add meat to the bones of Tradition 11 and stress the fundamental importance of maintaining anonymity.

We have had a good response to last month’s new feature, Speaker’s Corner, but Coventry Kevin is still on his own in there this month. If you would like to join him next month I will be only too pleased to get the sign-writers in to change it to Speakers’ Corner, so don’t be shy.

Back to this month’s title for a moment. Well, I know we don’t publish poetry in SHARE but we can be inspired by it. I was out walking early one morning this week (early October) in the mist and I remembered Keats’s Ode to Autumn, which I studied many years ago. I re-read the poem and I saw that the nature of the seasons is cyclical but also that our Programme is the same. We aren’t advised to stop at Step 12.  We should continue to work at it and mature. The gift of doing so for me? Mellow fruitfulness and change.

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