The Recovery Group's
12 Step Community Newsletter
December 2009 ~ Volume 10, Issue 12
From the Editor
From the Administration
Recovery Stories From
Jacqueline ~ Hope, Peace & Joy
Denise ~ Holiday Bingeing
Anonymous ~ Nepenthe
MKW ~ Amends
Recipe of the Month
All About Meetings
Rozanne's Recent Audio Tape
OA's 50th Birthday
Kids and Teens
For all who celebrate holidays in
December, Serendipity would like to send our best wishes. The Trusted
Servants and OA Meeting Leaders of The Recovery Group are honored to
give service to you in every way possible. We would like to thank Linda
Silkwood, our Reporter for this issue. Linda ambles through our loops
and meetings and always finds articles and stores of interest and we
hope you enjoy what we have for you this month. Happy Holidays!
FROM THE ADMINISTRATION:
Trg's Administration Team has never
been busier than in the past month.
In addition to our membership growing, so are our programs. The
Administrators (Nancy, Sharon, Athena and Linda S) work with the
coordinators of dozens of support groups and there is never a day that
there is not more to do than hours in the day. Dodee keeps everything
organized and she and Nancy finished up the month with detailed reports
on every loop. Linda K. does the same with the meetings and throughout
the month of December has been kept on her toes. Patt and Cate manage
the entire Sponsor Program for TRG and this once again has proven to be
one of the busiest resources of our community. If you would like to
make any comments or have questions about any administrative activity,
please make a note of these addresses:
"The lust for comfort, that stealthy
thing that enters the house a guest,
then becomes a host,
and then a master."
~ Kahlil Gibran ~
Dear Friends on the Journey ~
I have learned more about myself from you than in any self-help book I've ever read, from any sermon I've ever heard preached, from any doctor, therapist, sponsor I've ever had and from any teacher I've had bless my life. What I have learned and continue learning each day is that most every problem I've ever had and most issues I've ever been called upon to deal with have had my compulsive personality at its roots. Compulsion is self-will gone berserk. For those of us with this disease our compulsions have taken us for enough rides and around more blocks for several lifetimes. For many of us, compulsions have become our master!
Food Addiction, Relationship Addiction, Love and Sex Addiction, Co-Dependency are just a few of the manifestations of this disease. Far more troublesome are the other more insidious forms it takes. It takes a person whom God has made perfectly imperfect and it heaps on us characteristics that are not us. We awaken one morning not the authentic person we were created to be but a person who begins to wonder who they really are.
This disease of compulsive over-eating is especially seductive. When we were first becoming COs all we knew is that when we ate something and enough of it we began to feel better. Better than better .... we began to feel good. So what did we do? If one is good, two will be better ... and three will be even better than two ... and we learned how to binge. And that first binge told us something. It told us that if we stuffed ourselves enough it would block our pain. That binge seduced us and made us think that we wanted to do that again ... that we "deserved" that emotional "block" that the binge allowed us to put on our feelings.
We loved how we had learned a new technique to "take care" of all our problems. We wake up in the morning and have a job to go to that we don't want to go to ... and we stuff ourselves. We drag ourselves to our job and we get through the day and say to ourselves ... "I have worked hard today ... it's time for ME now" .... and to the refrigerator we go. FOOD. And then we begin. And we continue. And with each bite, we become less of our real self and our authenticity once more slips into that hazy self that is our disease. And we make it through another night.
We reach a point in our life that our disease had developed so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent. In other words, while we've been going along our merry way of life, our disease has been doing push-ups, just waiting for opportunities for us to become vulnerable. The insidiousness of this disease is scary. There is no "test" we can take for propensity. There is no "shot" we can take for immunity. We just wake up one morning ... probably while we're reading program material .... or when we attend our first meeting ... or we talk to someone who is another CO .... or maybe we've bottomed out and finally reach out .... we wake up that morning and scream silently to ourselves ..... WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?
The OA program has helped to make me an authentic person. It has enabled me to see who I really am and what really hurts me and what really makes me happy. It has also made me feel feelings that I didn't want to feel and to acknowledge truths that I didn't want to acknowledge. It has enabled me to see in others things that I had not seen before! Some of the things I liked ... but some of the things were merely illusions.
The OA program is notorious for making us shatter illusions. For helping us to discern the authentic from the unauthentic. And doing so can be painful ... and makes us want to head back to that safe world of food. And to relapse. When an illusion is shattered, we have to question ourselves. What was it about us ... what defect did we have .... what were we lacking to make us have an illusion in the first place? And, if we can't stuff it, how do we deal with it?
No easy answers.
The brief moments of comfort
I get from being compulsive made
my life miserable. Please help me
not to go back to that.
SANITY . . . JANET'S STORY
Big Book, Page 25
we have had deep and effective spiritual experiences which have
revolutionized our whole attitude toward life…”
This year had the
quietest, calmest, sanest Thanksgivings of my life. My youngest son
invited me to his home to share the first Thanksgiving meal he had ever
prepared. It was wonderful. But the best part of it was that the
people at the table were all sensible eaters. My portion was not much
smaller than anyone else’s. No one stuffed themselves or gorged till
they were ill. My son is very weight conscious, and my daughter in law
was a runner until her pregnancy.
It was also my first
Thanksgiving without my husband. Up until last year, my husband loved
to prepare the holiday dinners. He would plan and shop and make
everything just right for everyone. My family saw to it that I didn’t
miss him too much. My 3 ½ month old twin granddaughters saw to that.
There wasn’t TIME to think about missing him.
Counting my blessings
or having an attitude of gratitude has literally changed my life. My
“deep and effective spiritual experiences” helped me look at what I
have rather than what I don’t or can’t have.
I got a new sponsee
today. His first words were “I can’t eat this and I can’t eat that.”
That was what his doctor told him. I told him to make a list of what
he CAN eat instead, while still doing as his doctor said. He started,
but said, “That would take all day.” There is so much more good to be
And the same is true
of my health challenges right now. I could focus on the cancer and the
chemo and the bad things. Or I can focus on the fact that I am strong
enough to sing with Adelines and the church choir, I am able to drive,
shop, and do so many other things. It would take all day to list
them. There was an article in the paper this past week about me and my
positive attitude. They ran it on Thanksgiving Day. My attitude came
from my Higher Power and working the 12 steps. It came via my “deep
and effective spiritual experiences.” And for this I am grateful.
Your grateful sister in recovery,
Ormond Beach, Florida
(Maintaining a weight loss of approximately 250 pounds by the grace of God and the OA program of recovery.)
HOPE, PEACE & JOY
I humbly offered myself to God, as I then understood Him, to do with me
as He would. I placed myself unreservedly under His care and
direction. I admitted for the first time that of myself I was nothing;
that without Him I was lost. I ruthlessly faced my sins and became
willing to have my new-found Friend take them away, root and branch."
BB pg 13.
weeks ago my best friend died. We had been friends for over 30 years.
She took ill and died the same day. Her husband said, "One minute she
was breathing, the next minute she wasn't." She was supposed to come
and visit me this month. Now the only visiting that will go on will be
at her grave.
I feel sad. I feel angry. I am in shock. I
cry. Nothing unusual? For me it is. When I was in the food, I was
totally out of touch with my feelings. If this had happened before
recovery, it would have been good for mounds of food from boxes, bags,
cartons, and drive throughs. I would have eaten my face in. It would
not have helped. At the time, however, it was the only thing I knew to
do. That nonproductive, maladjusted reaction to life got me up to 250
I came to Overeaters Anonymous for weight loss. I got
it. However, it only came after I went several times through the 12
steps. This made it possible for me to surrender. I threw in the
towel. Like Bill, I admitted that of myself I was nothing. I became
convinced that without God I was lost. I ruthlessly faced my sins. I
became willing for God to remove them, root and branch. I now humbly
offer myself each day to God for Him to do with me as He wills.
despite my grief over my friend's loss, I am abstinent. I have hope,
peace and joy. I have experienced God's kindness and mercy. I pass
all these wonderful things on to others. These blessings come back to
me in a never-ending circle of recovery.
Length in program 24 years
Current abstinence 20 years
100 pound winner
I am a compulsive
person in many areas. The Twelve Steps have made my life better because
it has given me hope and that hope has improved the quality of my life.
I was reading this
morning and came across a word I hadn't heard of before ... nepenthe.
Usually I can tell what a word means by its use in a sentence but this
time I decided to look it up. Nepenthe (nuh-PEN-thee) is something
capable of causing oblivion of grief or suffering. Over the last few
months and especially last night I needed some nepenthe. In ancient
days nepenthe was a potion used to induce forgetfulness of pain or
sorrow. It is important to know that nepenthe is not for physical pain
~ it is for emotional pain which so many of us have.
holidays this year, I have had a lot of emotional pain caused by the
loss of someone dear to me. During times like this, I say the Serenity
Prayer a lot and know for an absolute fact that if I didn't have the
hope offered by the Twelve Steps the pain would be so much worse. I am
very grateful for my spiritual program .... it is my nepenthe.
I thank my Higher
Power for allowing me to feel my feelings. And even though they may be
very painful at times, I know that if I keep putting one foot in front
of the other, everything will eventually be okay.
Binge season is here again. It
used to be my favorite time of year, when all the holiday goodies came
out. How I used to look forward to stuffing myself with my favorite
treats. Our brains are funny, aren’t they? The only thing I could
remember from year to year was how good my favo rite treats tasted. My
convenient brain always forgot the misery, pain and weight gain these
goodies caused. It made me forget my vows of “I’ll eat just one; I’ll
go on a diet tomorrow; I’ll skip supper.” I could remember only the joy
of getting my hands on the goods and snarfing them down. I felt good at
the time, until all the food and crazy behavior caught up with me. Then
I paid the price.
Year after year, I carried on
this crazy behavior of bingeing followed by remorse. Only when I
reached my top weight, was miserable and hated myself was I willing to
do something about the insanity. I was sick and tired of being sick and
tired. I had hit bottom and needed help. I had heard about Overeaters
Anonymous through friends in another Twelve- Step program. I decided to
give it a try. I went to OA for eight months and knew I’d come home.
This place was for me. But I was not willing to be abstinent through
that time and give up my binge foods. Who would I be? How would I act?
How could I live without my junk food? I’d die if I couldn’t eat what I
wanted when I wanted it. The very thought of abstaining was scary.
After I’d binged through another holiday season, God finally said, “I
know you are ready to be abstinent, so just set the date.” Uh oh. A
direct order from God. He told me clearly to stop messing around. So I
chose January 1,1992, as my first abstinent date (a week after I got my
orders from God) .
Boy, I had the mother of all
binges that New Year’s Eve. I ate it all. If I were never going to eat
any of this again, I would go out in a blaze of glory. By Go d’s grace,
I’ve never felt the need to do that again. I have surrendered my food
to God and let him guide me through 12 Halloweens, 12 Thanksgivings, 12
Christmases, 12 birthdays and 4,331 days of living without excess food.
God can do for me what I can
never do for myself: abstain from compulsive eating and enjoy life.
Today I choose God and the abstinence that comes with him. I can’t, God
can, and just for today, I’m going to let him. I’ve never regretted
becoming abstinent. Having a normal weight and feeling good is better
than any food can ever taste.
One day at a time.
From Lifeline. Subscriptions available from www.oa.org
9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, accept when to
do so would injure them or others. Alcoholics Anonymous, pg. 59.
they said I was to get connected to a sponsor; then, other people in
the program. Then I am to go out to these other people and get more
connected? This from a person that dressed and acted inappropriately
using the "F" word and riding a Harley. When I could not keep up that
front anymore, as the bad girl, I went to the college and studied sign
language so I could pretend I was deaf and not have to deal with people.
text book tells me it's not enough just to have stopped binging my way
over two hundred pounds or compulsively exercising till I was
underweight, back and forth very quickly for 13 insane years. I have
been like a tornado roaring through the lives of others and now I get
to make amends.
The clear-cut directions for step 9, pages
76-84, in our beloved Big Book and my sponsor pointing them out, has
enabled me to see the truth of how I operated. If I want things to be
different, the Book tells me I must be painstaking about this phase of
Things I have been taught in making amends.
1. Pray first! Amazing results happen in Divine Timing:
elevator doors have opened with the person staring me in the face
getting a group of family members together for a memorial service for the love of my life
shoes for a co-worker when I had deliberately messed up my Dad's when
asked to do it. (Dad had passed and I did not even know I was making
the amends at the time.)
the best amends happen when things just unfold without me even knowing why I am doing it.
2. For planned amends, this is what I learned:
Ask if they would be willing to hear my amends.
Make the amends staying on my side of the street.
Ask if I have left anything out and listen.
If appropriate ask what I can do to make things right
If appropriate let them know the good they brought into my life.
Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to God and other people about us.
The pay off - the promises are more than I could have imagined possible..
Thank you Dear God, My Friend and so it is. Blessed be.
She Kept Coming Back
WELCOME HOME PODCAST.
Please click the OA logo for a reading of a member-written story called
"Welcome Home" from the OA book, Lifeline Sampler. For more information on
Overeaters Anonymous, please go to www.oa.org or call the WSO in the United States at 505-891-2664.
RECIPE OF THE MONTH
SUPER STUFFED TURKEY WRAP
For Corn Stuffing
1 1/2 tbsp. yellow cornmeal
1 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1 tbsp. chopped jarred roasted red peppers
1 tsp. reduced-fat Parmesan-style grated topping
1/2 no-calorie sweetener packet (like Splenda)
Optional: 1 jarred jalapeno slice, chopped
1 La Tortilla Factory Smart & Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Large Tortilla (or alternative below)
1 tbsp. light blue cheese dressing with about 25 calories per tbsp. (like the one by Wish-Bone)
5 mandarin orange segments packed in juice, drained and chopped
1 tbsp. dried cranberries
3 oz. cooked skinless lean turkey breast, chopped
1/4 cup chopped romaine lettuce
Combine all ingredients for the
stuffing in a microwave-safe bowl sprayed with nonstick spray, and stir
until thoroughly mixed. Microwave for 30 seconds. Use a fork to break
up the mixture. If needed, microwave for another 15 seconds, until no
longer liquid-y. Set aside to cool.
Lay tortilla on a plate and warm in the microwave for 10 - 15 seconds.
Spread dressing onto the
tortilla, and sprinkle chopped orange segments and dried cranberries
down the center of the tortilla. Top with turkey, stuffing, and lettuce.
Wrap tortilla up tightly like a
burrito, folding the sides in first, and then rolling it up from the
bottom. (Or serve it wrap-style, with one end left open.)
Note: This thing will be SUPER-STUFFED. Now eat up, turkey!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Serving Size: 1 wrap (entire recipe)
ALL ABOUT MEETINGS
Why meetings? Why 90 meetings
in 90 days? Maybe because it takes what it takes and we have to be
"willing" to go to any length? NEVER has it been so easy to do 90
meetings in 90 days. As you read the following personal experiences I
am sure you will agree, we are so blessed!
My name is Linda
E(S) and I am a compulsive eater! When I joined The Recovery Group in
2005, I joined several loops but I was completely unwilling to try
online meetings. I had several face to face meetings I attended so in
my beginning stage of recovery I was having a big enough challenge just
in trying to absorb all the information from those meetings and my
I have to admit I "snuck" into the online meeting room
about three times in the first three years. Of course I signed in as a
guest so I could remain anonymous since I didn't have a clue what I was
getting myself into!
The thing that scared me the most were
those emoticons and abbreviations. Like KCB (Keep coming back), TFS
(Thanks for Sharing) WTG (Way to Go) ODAAT (One Day at a time), and the
list goes on and on. It was greek (GEEK?) to me!
didn't understand any of the rules or what was appropriate--or not!!!
So, I usually stayed about 10 minutes max and skeedaddled out of there!
I became a loop coordinator for RECOVERY loop. Then I took on the ABUSE
loop. The service really helped me learn how to connect better online
in our community and I began to think I might try one of those meetings
again. Wow, I discovered I had actually outgrown some of my fear. I
began attending more regularly and learned they needed meeting leaders.
Once I was trained, in May of 2009, I finally took the plunge into that
sea of abbreviations and emoticons. Now I can Emote with the best of
I lead the 6AM meeting everyday. I love the
meeting and the people who come into that room. Some of the things we
have gone through together in the last 6 months just boggle the mind.
We have had deaths of loved ones, a recent engagement, people traveling
on their jobs and joining us from motel rooms, and members who have no
face to face meetings at all. They live all over the world!! (Africa,
India, all parts of the US), Canada, the UK, Australia, Morrocco, the
list goes on and on.)
We even have started our own meeting
email contact list! We have contact between the meetings and we also
exchange photos if we want. I realize that with other meetings where
the leader rotates that probably isn't helpful but the beauty of our
program is our meeting has autonomy and within reason we can do what
works for us unless it affects all of us as a whole.
our leaders have been leading meetings for many years. Some are very
recently trained, and a few are still in training. I love the way we
back each other up to substitute at meetings. It truly is a community
of caring trusted servants.
Probably one reason our meetings
are so strong is because we use the 12 steps as Topics and follow the
schedule of our WTS (Working The Steps--another one of those strange
Recently we have started our Telephone
meetings and just like any new venture we all have to adjust to the
technology! I like what it says in the AA BB about whether connecting
in person, by phone or modem-to-modem, we speak the language of the
Here are some shared experiences by a few of our meeting
leaders .... leading off the group will be Linda K., the Coordinator of
TRG's Online OA Meetings.
TRGLINDA aka Linda Silkwood
name is Linda and I am a COE and FA. I lead the 6 PM EST meetings here
at TRG and I have been doing so since 2002. I can only speak for
myself, but it was in these meetings that I discovered that I was NOT
alone..and I am as close as a button to meetings. If I feel the need to
talk to someone, there is usuall y someone in #Recovery during
off-times, where I can get stuff of my chest.
has been one of the most humbling things I can do for myself and my
recovery. Just because I have an "@" or the letters TRG in front oy my
name doesn't make me a superstart and I don't WANT to go there. I hear
stories from all of you that are just like my own. It enhances my
recovery and keeps me from being isolated.
I've heard it said
that you go to meetings when you don't want to, when you DO want to,
and when you HAVE to. That sums it up pretty well for me in a nutshell.
am grateful for these meetings and for the people in them. Although
their names may differ from week to week, they are all my Family of
Choice, my HP with skin on.
Thank you for letting me share about this....
Love In Recovery and Service,
Linda (AKA TRGLindaK)
I became a meeting leader after
I asked how I could provide some service to The Recovery Group;
especially since I’ve been so blessed by the service given to me. I’ve
always admired our meeting leaders and was honored that I would be
given this opportunity. The best type of training for me is “on the
job” and my trainer provided that with lots of love and encouragement.
I was nervous to lead my first meeting, but found that you don’t really
have time to be nervous. It’s a rather fast-paced action that requires
a lot of patience and love. I anticipate my Saturday afternoons with
much joy and enthusiasm. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made in
Love in recovery
Jodi aka TRGJodi
I love contributing to this fellowship!
What I Have Gained from Being a Meeting Leader:
*How to speak gently and in a friendly manner to just about anyone
*Showing respect for all kinds of shares without judgment
*Building my own self-confidence in leadership
*The importance of following the meeting protocol
*Showing compassion and encouragement with ease
Barbara aka TRGBarbara
question gave me a chance to think about leading meetings on TRG. It
is different than leading F2F, obviously. It was a big adjustment
initially. I seem to simplify it more as time goes by because the
meetings need to have as much time as possible for sharing. We have
many more people showing up these days. I am also learning that when I
am leading, I am totally there. I cannot answer the phone and I close
the door to my room and stay focused on everyone in the meeting. I do
try to welcome people as they come into the room, once the meeting
starts.. I also switch gears easily during a meeting, especially now,
with so many beginners. I often try to be aware of what someone would
see if they are coming into the room for the first time. I recognize
many faces(names) and notice when certain faces(names) are not there.
I keep a list of people from week to week. I try to relinquish my need
to control and just let it all flow. My job is to be a cheerleader for
our message of hope, courage and strength. I will mention that the
only requirement for membership is a desire to not eat compulsively.
That is it, and keep it simple. I am going to begin to encourage
people to message me privately during the meeting to ask any
questions. What I have found is with personally welcoming them, it
encourages them to share and message me privately. But the meetings
are growing and I don't have as much time to personalize the meetings,
so I will encourage them to ask questions in the opening. TRG is a
wonderful resource with a willingness to take the focus off the food
and shine on the solution. Love it and thanks for giving me this
opportunity to express my gratitude.
Gracie aka TRGGracie
Hi, my name is Dave, and I'm a compulsive overeater.
really grateful today to see that all of our open meeting slots have
been filled. For me service is essential to my serenity and peace of
mind, and for me that service comes in the form of chairing TRG
meetings. I have found that the closer I stick to TRG protocol, the
more I benefit, perhaps because I need to have defiance and rebellion,
along with self-centeredness, and a tendency to be self-serving, as
much out of my life as is possible odat. I trust in the process because
I believe that ultimately HP has a hand in it.
Also being a
meeting leader gets me to meetings when I otherwise might not go. I
need at least 1 meeting every day, and I'm grateful to know that and to
be able to follow-up on it.
Welcome! To all our new meeting leaders, and any who might be returnees!! HOORAY!! :)))
Love in recovery
ONLINE OA MEETINGS SCHEDULE
Meetings Around the World ~ Around the Clock
TRG's OA TELEPHONE MEETINGS SCHEDULE
Tuesday 8:00 PM Eastern Time
Saturday 4:00 pm Eastern Time
Access Code 260185#
TRG'S TELEPHONE ANGELS
OA TELEPHONE MEETING SCHEDULE
OA's Telephone Meetings and Rozanne, OA's CoFounder
I think you will
enjoy hearing Rozanne, the CoFounder of Overeaters Anonymous tell us
how exciting OA birthdays are and one has to smile when she says she
plans to attend the 50 birthday even if she has to go in a wheelchair.
:-) Rozanne is such a spunky little lady. Just click here or the 50th birthday logo at the top if you would like to hear Rozanne.
things are being planned in February 2010 and it will be a wonderful
opportunity for some of you to give service to Overeater's Anonymous.
OA's Unity Day is February 27th and there will be two Marathons to
celebrate Unity Day. One is scheduled for February 27th ... the other
February 28th. There is a very dedicated lady devoted to seeing that
OA's telephone projects are the best they can be. Her name is Michelle
R. and her address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to volunteer to help in February or for OA's 50th
Birthday on January 17th please write her and offer to serve. This
will be an exciting time for all OA members.
Meeting Room/StarChat Channel ~ #ItaliaOA
Times: Sunday & Wednesday 3:00 PM ET
Doorway Click Here
SPOTLIGHTED LOOPS OF THE MONTH
Servants of The Recovery Group believes that there is an epidemic of
children with obesity. We have had state-of-the-art resources of all
kinds for more than a decade to serve young people and the parents,
grandparents, physicians and therapists of young people. We believe
that these resources are not being used to the advantage of children
and that is not going to happen unless and until adults take the
responsibility for seeing that they know about these resources.
Anonymous has a publication called The Twelve Steps and Twelve
Traditions for Kids. Utilizing our support groups, meetings and
programs and introducing children to the Twelve Steps at an early age
will certainly set them on the right track during these years when they
are so vulnerable to using food as a comfort.
to our Children's program is Jodi F. and the Administrator over the
program is Linda S. If you have a child who needs help or if you want
to be a part of our children's program, please contact us at TRGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org.
Here is a poignant
letter from Jodi ... please help her reach the children. Help your
children and grandchildren grow into men and women without the issues
most of us have struggled with in our own adulthood.
KIDS ~ THE DISCOVERY DIVISION
One of the life changing
affects my disease has had on me is the inability to have children of
my own. All of my life I have wanted to work with and be with children.
My first goal in life was to be a music teacher for elementary school
students. I was a nursery worker in a church for five years taking
care of children from infants to four years old. I love children!
I love their honesty. I love
their minds. Growing minds learn with such beauty and open honesty. I
have been truly blessed with service. The Recovery Group is allowing me
to advise the Teens and Kids Discovery Loops. I hope to work with them
to help understand their eating problems and grow with them in our
In love and service,
THE TRUSTED SERVANTS OF THE RECOVERY GROUP
The last month of
the year is an exciting time in The Recovery Group. Our Trusted
Servants and Meeting Leaders begin to look back over the year and see
the cumulative effect that giving service to others has made in their
own lives. The Trusted Servants who were new last year are now 'old
times' in service ... their technical skills have been hones .. and
they have learned people skills beyond their wildest dreams.
members are diverse we experience pathways sometimes very different
than our own ... and we learn how to walk in the shoes of others and
deal with them in our service with understanding and compassion.
There is never a dull moment here.
The term for TRG's
Trusted Servants is January 1 through December 31st. We encourage our
Trusted Servants to continue their work in this technical community
which becomes our recovery home. There is a learning curve required
for virtual recovery that one does not need the expertise for in the 3D
world. By the end of the year, those skills have been honed and it is
in the second year and subsequent years of service that Trusted
Servants find their positions easier and more rewarding. Coordinators
have learned to handle many different situations. Meeting Leaders have
fine tuned their abilities and many develop a following.
Here are our
Trusted Servants and you are invited to join them and be on the slate
presented to The Recovery Intergroup for a vote of acclamation on
January 1, 2010.
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change;
Courage to change the things we can; and the wisdom to know the difference.
One day at a time.
One step at a time
|"In the deepest part of a compulsive eater's soul |
is the realization that recovery begins when we find one another."
expressed in this newsletter are not necessarily those
Newsletter, or of The Recovery Group.