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FROM THE EDITOR’S CORNER

By Kate I., NoVAtions Co-Editor

  Step 9 is still down the road for me as I have just started working on Step 6 with my sponsor.  But I’ve been part of a 12 Step Study Group and regularly listen to A Vision for You’s meetings (see pg 3 events), and I’ve thought quite a bit about it. Mostly because I’m dreading making amends!  Having been brought up in a household of faith, the concept of asking for forgiveness – and giving it – is not unknown to me, but I have realized over my past two years in OA that . . .

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FROM THE CHAIR

Our way of life is all about putting Love into action. Before program I really didn't know how to love (and I am still learning every day). But one thing that I know is that the Love that has been shown to me again and again is astonishing. When I walked through the door of my very first meeting, I was welcomed and accepted exactly as I was, and this is still true today which has been life-changing! I don't have to do or say or be anything to be loved here. Love is freely given with no expectations. That kind of Love . . .

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A WORD FROM A SPONSOR

THE 8TH AND 9TH STEPS TRANSFORMED MY WORLDVIEW

By Alan

 I joined OA over 27 years ago and feel very grateful that the vast majority of that time I have been able to keep 150 pounds off and not compulsively overeat. A critical part of that has been working the 12 steps. They were quite easy until I hit 8 and 9 . . .

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And here is your hint: Z = F

 

HEARD IN THE ROOMS

“I need OA, if only for the fact that it gives me a place where I can say, “I made a birthday cake for my sister and ate the whole thing myself,” and everyone in the room nods and says, “Yeah.”

“You have to work all the steps to the best of your ability, or the Program won’t work fully for you. You may be abstinent, but you won’t recover – you won’t get the full 100%. If you are buying a soda for $1 and you put 99 cents in the machine, you won’t get anything.”

 

THOUGHTS ON LOVE

“. . . immature love tries to possess and control.”
                           - Overeaters Anonymous Second Edition. p. 245

How many times have I become a controlling person? My life revolved around demanding that everyone do things my way and becoming obsessed with the “right” way. Then when that didn’t work, I became so submissive that others could easily victimize me. I was led into many intolerable events just to please someone else.

This program of recovery helps me to discover myself. As I have learned my own real needs, I have . . .

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