A Wellspring of Hope
Newsletter of The Recovery Group


April 2003
Volume 5, Issue 4



ser*en*dip*i*ty ~ (noun) First appeared 1754:
the faculty or phenomenon of finding
valuable or agreeable things not sought for.


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Note: WTS "TWELVE STEPS IN TWELVE WEEKS" STUDY BEGINS APRIL 1, 2003!!!

THIS MONTH'S FEATURED ARTICLES

From Our Editor
From Our Founder
From Our Recovery Administrators
From Our ODAT Committee
Letters to the Editor
April Loop Spotlights
Teens'/Kids' Corner
Loop Concern: Children
Recovery Writers' Series
From the Literature
Recovery Meditations Calendar
The Recovery Group Meetings
Overeaters Anonymous Contacts
Recovery Group Contacts
Serenity Prayer





~ FROM OUR EDITOR ~

Greetings, Serendipity Readers!

Welcome to the April edition of our recovery newsletter. Where I live, spring is doing its best to take over, giving us a healthy mixture of showers and flowers. In truth, though, we're still transitioning from cold weather to hot. And so, I assume, it is for all Serendipity readers, no matter where we live - this is a season of transition, either from cold weather to hot, or hot to cold. In addition, most of us (as COEs) are in a different type of transition, working the steps as we transition from the old life into the new. Whether we are old or young, newcomers to the program or oldtimers, we share our stories of experience, strength and hope with each other as our lives transition toward recovery.

Most of us already share within our loops and at meetings, but Serendipity gives us a bonus - a vehicle with which we can also share with the TRG membership at large! It is my sincere hope that through your contributions and/or Letters to the Editor, you will use Serendipity to this purpose. Please send in your stories, personal thoughts and writings that I can include in future issues.

Remember, Serendipity is your newsletter, so send in your contributions today! I'm hoping that I'll soon have so many to choose from that I'll need a holding file for them all!

Happy Spring; Happy Transitioning to you all!

Love in recovery,

     Marty
     Editor, SERENDIPITY
     Newsletter of The Recovery Group





~ FOUNDER'S CORNER ~


~ 90 MEETINGS IN 90 DAYS ~

Dear Serendipity Readers ~

When someone told me that they owed their recovery to attending 90 meetings in 90 days, I was intrigued. At that time it was hard for me to even make two meetings a week because I was new to program and wasn't aware yet that recovery required giving one's all. The Big Book talks about half-measures not working ... and how well I know that now!

I later learned that there are many who have taken the '90 meetings in 90 day pledge' and have had this change their lives. What an opportunity we have here in the Recovery Group to do this! Combined with face-to-face meetings, our online meetings and working a food and step program with a sponsor, there is no reason for someone who is intent on getting well not to grab this tiger that causes so much havoc in our lives by the tail and discovering the joys of recovery.

Our meetings are at 9:30 Eastern Time each night in #Recovery on the Starchat Channel on IRC. Each night there is a different leader who will be happy to subscribe you to her individual weekly meeting mini-newsletter for bits of news, meetings topics in advance, etc. If you need more information, please visit:

http://recovery.hiwaay.net/meetings/index.html

90 meetings in 90 days? If you make the choice to do this, would you let us know? We'd like to check with you in three months and see how you're doing.

Happy Springtime to all ~

@-}-}-}------
Love in recovery,
Mari




~ FROM OUR TRG ADMINISTRATORS ~

Dear Members of The Recovery Group,

Spring is in the air in many parts of the United States. The spring rains and warm sunshine are inviting forth the bright spring flowers and budding branches. This is a season of new beginnings! We invite you to take an opportunity to experience some new beginnings in your recovery this month. Perhaps you would like to attend your first online meeting? Information on how you can participate in a TRG meeting is available for you at:
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/meetings/index.html

Are you now ready to share your recovery through sponsoring? If so, please write to the TRG Sponsor Coordinator ~ Maureen ~ Sponsors@TheRecoveryGroup.org

Are you ready to share your recovery thoughts with others by writing a Recovery Meditation? Information on the TRG Meditation project can be found here: http://recovery.hiwaay.net/meditations/index.html

Is it time to begin taking the steps of recovery? The WTS loop begins its next Step Study this month - April, 2003! Why not familiarize yourself with the information from the previous WTS sessions? These are available from 1996 through the present : http://recovery.hiwaay.net/wts/index.html

Each Day is a new Beginning in our Recovery. We wish each of you a lovely spring season filled with new beginnings!

Cate and Patt, TRG Administrators

TRGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org
http://www.TheRecoveryGroup.org





~ FROM OUR ODAT ADMINISTRATION ~

The ODAT/Discovery Loops

The ODAT loops are busily pursuing recovery with the help of many trusted servants and faithful loopies who write wonderful ESH every day.

We have a new ODAT loop: Pregnancy and Motherhood. The name is self-explanatory. If you are pregnant or a new mom out there who could use some support during this time, please join us. Please see http://recovery.hiwaay.net/odat/pregnancy/index.html for more information. To subscribe, send a blank email to:
PregnancyAndMotherhoodODAT-subscribe-request@lists.therecoverygroup.org

Love to all,
Sande
ODAT Committee Chairperson
http://www.TheRecoveryGroup.org/odat/index.html





~ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ~