Message from SIG Chair Dated 25th March 2020

Dear Friends,

God grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change,
the courage to change the things we can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.

I have deliberately used the we format as widely used in US meetings.
We certainly need to try to find serenity at the moment in the face of the challenges facing us all and we are going to need our collective strength in the months ahead to stay strong and help each other.

A lot of great advice has been issued and I am not going to add to it but I would like to remind of the following suggestions.

Utilise the online meetings as we all need them and there is help available if you have any problems joining them. However do bear in mind that it is difficult to be entirely certain who is accessing the online meeting that you are at so please:-

–  Keep your sharing general and save deeper issues for trusted friends and your sponsor.
– Follow the important guidelines on guarding yours and, just as importantly, others’ anonymity.

We need to find the courage to change the things we can and again I have no advice for you but some suggestions that may help you. Silence and solitude can be a blessing and a curse at the same time.
– Take some time to keep up regular practices but think about strengthening our spiritual well being by:-
– Keeping a daily journal of our feelings.
– Spending time each day in meditation, there are of course many resources available online to help us.
– Print off the attached prayer and read it aloud each morning. GOD-WITH-YOUR-HELP.docx (88 downloads)
– Written step work such as writing our first or a refreshed fourth or other steps.
– Let’s remember those who are in more difficulty than ourselves whether in or out of the fellowship, lets’ keep in contact and support one another as much as we can. Helping others is really helping ourselves.

Let me know if there is any way that I can help you to stay sober and serene in the face of the challenges we are all facing.

Your in fellowship
Alan
Email chair.severn@aamail.org

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