A Wellspring of Hope
Newsletter of The Recovery Group

February 2001
Volume 3, Issue 2




ser*en*dip*i*ty ~ (noun) First appeared1754:

the faculty or phenomenon of finding

valuable or agreeable things not sought for.

FEATURED ARTICLES

From Our Editor
Founder's Corner
From Our Administrators
The History of Recovery Meditations
From the Loops: Spotlight of the Month
From the Recovery Group Meetings
Tools of Recovery
Danny's Corner
From the Recovery Group Members
The Recovery Group IRC Meeting Schedule
AOL Meetings - A&R Forum
Overeaters Anonymous Contacts
Recovery Group Contacts
Serenity Prayer
The Closing Prayer



FROM OUR EDITOR

Dear friends in recovery,

Welcome to the February edition of Serendipity! February is the month of love, and I cannot think of a better way of showing your love for fellow recovering compulsive eaters than by sharing your experience, strength and hope through the newsletter. So please, take a couple of minutes to share -- all submissions are welcome!

In this month's edition, TRG founder Mari shares her thoughts on unity within The Recovery Group. The administrators of TRG offer an update on the meetings and loops, and an overview of administration of TRG. Then comes a repeat of the history of Recovery Meditations, with information on why this project was started and how to submit your own meditations to the project. We are in need of meditations, and ask you to consider writing for the project. If we all submit just one meditation, the project will be completed in no time! Our loop spotlight of the month is Abuse and Recovery, which is a loop dedicated to those of us who are abuse survivors. In a new section called "The Recovery Group Meetings," Vicki, Coordinator, New Meeting Leaders, gives us an overview of the meetings and a request for substitute meeting leader volunteers. In the Tools of Recovery, we have included an article from OA's Lifeline about the writer's "absolute commitment" to meetings.

This month in Danny's Corner, in his conversation with God, Danny writes of "old tapes long since hidden in the back room of my brain." In the section dedicated to shares from Recovery Group members, Anne shares her poem, White Gentle Dove, Mickie shares on taking things one day at a time, Jeanette B. shares a quote from Mother Teresa, and writes about her own changes in recovery, and Jo Dall writes about the Serenity Prayer. In the Literature section, we have again included The Promises from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, to remind all of us of what is possible, as well as Step Two from Reflections on the Twelve Steps of Recovery. This month's edition ends with announcements, a list of on-line meetings, OA and TRG contacts, and the Serenity Prayer.

Love in recovery,

Suzanne,

Editor SERENDIPITY






SERENDIPITY SUBSCRIPTIONS



FOUNDER'S CORNER

TRADITION ONE

The Recovery Group is a community of a diverse group of people and it is that diversity that makes it work so well. We share with one another each day and find that we are hearing from others in virtually every country in the world. The one common thread is the disease we have in common ... and it is this common ground that makes us a family.

Unity in the Recovery Group is very important. In fact, it is so important that it is our very first tradition ~ "Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon the unity of our Recovery community." We participate actively in our meetings and loops because we know that our very lives depend on our being able to live without the bondage of compulsive eating. As COEs, so many of us have spent enormous amounts of time in isolation and the reason for this is very simple. We want the freedom to be alone to we can overeat without anyone bothering us. Or trying to stop us. Or making us feel ashamed of ourselves. No longer do we have to do that.

Because of the importance of this home we share with each other, it is important that we have ground rules. We have impulses sometimes that make us feel we know what is best for our loop or meeting and we attempt to make exceptions or change those rules ... but in doing so, we compromise the efficacy of what we're about.

I have observed over the past year or so that flames are practically nonexistent in our community. We seem to have found a better way to handle situations in which disunity thrives. Perhaps we have matured and see that when everyone is treated with respect, our own recovery blossoms.

The first tradition brings home loud and clear one very important truth. We are not alone. And we will never be alone again.

@-}-}-}- -----
Love in recovery,
Mari
The Recovery Group




FROM OUR ADMINISTRATORS

Dear Friends in Recovery,

The Recovery Group Administration wants to thank each one of you for your cooperation as we begin the 2001 term.

The meetings in #RecoveryRoom are going well. We have 12 new meetings that started in January. We hope to have all of our meetings registered with WSO by the end of the month.

The Recovery Loops are also going well.

We do need a Coordinator for the Alanon & Recovery Loop. Also we are in need of a web-servant. Anyone who is willing to give this service please contact us.

Remember this Administration Committee is here to serve all of the members of The Recovery Group.

If you have any questions or need help for meetings please write to Trgadm@egroups.com and Cate or Patt will respond.

If you need help or have question about any of the Recovery Loops, write to the same address and Shlomo or John will respond.

We are grateful for the service given to The Recovery Group by all the Trusted Servants. Your patience and spirit of cooperation has been wonderful. Each of you is appreciated for all the loving service that you freely give.

If you have any suggestions on how we can better serve you, please let us know.

With love and great joy in recovery,
The Recovery Group ADM








~ THE HISTORY OF
RECOVERY MEDITATIONS ~


Dear Recovery Family,

Many of you do not know how our book project, "Recovery Meditations," came into being. This is the history of what has turned into a very exciting project.

Nearly a year ago, Overeaters Anonymous informed the Recovery Group that the use of any OA-approved literature, such as from "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous," "For Today," and certain slogans identified with OA, were forbidden to us to use. We petitioned OA on several occasions for permission to quote from these sources, and were repeatedly turned down.

Because our loops and meetings didn't have access to any program literature other than the Big Book of AA, we decided that we would make our own daily meditation book, and call it "Recovery Meditations--One Day At A Time."

The idea behind Recovery Meditations is that it is written by the very people who will use it: the members of The Recovery Group community. However, we have decided that we will take a different track than OA. The Recovery Group has decided to maintain a very liberal use policy concerning our meditations. We will own the copyright, but will allow anyone to use, quote, or cite our project, so long as the work is to be used by individuals or members of any recovery-related group.

We have definite plans to have this published as an actual book, and maybe even a calendar.

Thus far, we have over 6 months' worth of meditations, and continue to strive for a full year of Experience, Strength and Hope. These meditations are written by people just like you or me. They are recovering compulsive overeaters. They come from all walks of life, all cultures, from all over the world.

We'd love to have your Experience, Strength and Hope to add to our project. If you haven't written a meditation for us, please consider it. Here's what to do:

1. Start with a quote from a WELL-KNOWN individual. 2. Write your ESH related to that quote. Please try to keep to 300 words or less. 3. Write your own meditation...just a sentence or two, and begin it "One day at a time..." 4. Then, "sign" your meditation with either your name or initials, or an assumed name, if you wish. 5. Send it to recoverymeditations@egroups.com

That's all there is to it! It's easy, and it's a great way to do service and spread the message of hope to other compulsive overeaters. You don't have to be a "writer" to contribute, so please don't let that stop you. If you'd like to see some examples of meditations already received, you can go to http://recovery.hiwaay.net/meditations/december.html If enough of you will write a meditation for us, not only could we finish up this book, but we might even have enough for a second!

So there you have it, the history of Recovery Meditations, and what you can do to help us finish up our project. We sure hope to hear from you soon! And if you need ideas to write about, just drop us a line at the above address...we'll be happy to give you some topic ideas!

Love in recovery,
The Editors of Recovery Meditations




FROM THE LOOPS:
SPOTLIGHT OF THE MONTH

ABUSE AND RECOVERY

Hi Recovery Family,

The Abuse and Recovery loop is a Special Interest Loop of the Recovery Group dedicated to providing a recovery home for compulsive overeaters who are also survivors of abuse ... sexual, emotional, physical and verbal abuse. Our mission is to provide a safe and peaceful place to share experience, strength and hope with one another. Most of our members are also members of Overeaters Anonymous and, although we are not officially affiliated with that organization, we are a Twelve Step Loop.

Our loop has a very special mission purpose. We provide a place to work our own recovery program and also to carry that message to others. We are here together to build one another up ... to accept each of us as we are ... to support each other ... and not to judge one another. We offer you safety and serenity.

Our loop is a place where 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you will have a safe haven where you can interact with others survivors who are suffering. Our loop does not just focus on our physical problems. We focus on our emotional and our spiritual needs as well. Our recovery home is a place where we hope you can experience growth spiritually, emotionally and physically.

To join, please send a blank e-mail to AbuseandRecovery-subscribe@egroups.com

We are looking forward to sharing experience, strength and hope with you.







~SILVER RECOVERY ~


Dear Fellows,

A marvelous combining of Abstinent n 50 with the Silver loop took place in this month of December, and as it looks from the coordinator's keypad, this is one large Christmas present. Just seeing the membership rise to a current 123 silver haired foxes is enough, however God has seen fit to grant us some of the best sharing on topics as varied as those who shared them. My favorite was on body image as I have loads of that, body that is.

Right after the holidays I will be asking for people who are computer literate to fix up our home page, reach out to other senior cyber folks, and generally do 12th step work as it is our responsibility to do so. Of all the loops I belong to, this one gives me the most comfort and has the most recovery. Just a biased opinion. None of this could have happened without Suzanne or what's her face, you know, oh yeah, that dame who has the funny name, Mari. It rhymes with something but my age forces me to forget.

I truly hope all of you, my cyber family, have enjoyed the holiday season and I look forward to a terrific new year.

AND WHY NOT....Santa




~ The Recovery Group Meetings ~


Dear Recovery Group,

I just want to put in a plug for the meetings we have here in the Recovery Group. What type of meetings do you like? We have Meditation meetings, Topic meetings, Step studies, Big Book meetings and Newcomer meetings. What time of day is best for you? There are meetings schedules around the clock. Some of us have special needs and interests. There are special interest meetings -- Abuse and Recovery, Christian and Recovery, as well as meetings both in Swedish and Italian.

I have a newly created position in Recovery Group -- My job is to help new meeting leaders and substitute meeting leaders become comfortable with leading meetings, understand the meeting format and the protocols and let them know of both the on-line and human resources available to them.

The Recovery Group is in need of Substitute Meeting Leaders. This is a wonderful way to do service. Substitute Meeting Leaders are oriented to the general meeting format an protocols and are asked to lead meetings when the scheduled leader is not able to attend. It is very disconcerting to show up at a meeting and find no leader there. Substitute leaders are a very needed and valuable resource. What do you think? Are you willing to provide this needed and valuable service? If so -- please contact me at vwilcox@telemedicine.alaska.edu.

With love for this program and gratitude for my recovery in it.



Vicki -- Coordinator ~ New Meeting Leaders

~ TOOLS OF RECOVERY ~
Absolute Commitment

I thank HP that early in my recovery I committed to attending meetings. As a new member five years ago, I occasionally questioned my need to go to a meeting. Part of the reason was getting used to fitting a regular meeting into my schedule. Also, as the meeting time approached, I would find myself thinking, "I'm doing so well I don't need to go," or "I'm doing so poorly I don't want to go."

I soon discovered that I fared much better if I attended meetings. The power of the meeting carried me through so well that I later added another meeting during the week. I decided to quit debating every week about whether I should attend meetings. I committed to attending and never questioning it. I'm in my seat at meeting time unless I'm sick or out of town, which isn't often.

This kind of absolute commitment helped me later as I fumbled with commitment to abstinence, a plan of eating and my Step Three decision. I came to realize that just as I had committed to attending meetings without question, I could make the same kind of commitment to these other aspects of recovery. It is simple. I already decided; therefore, I don't need to keep going over it.

Meetings are too important to miss. While meetings are just one tool of recovery, their benefits are numerous. I break isolation. Nowhere else in by life can I talk about this disease I have with people who understand, do not get shocked by my food behavior and love me unconditionally (and I them).

Almost nowhere else in my life can I speak and not be interrupted, judged or advised. I always take something important from the meeting. It is the only place in my life where I can hear how members live moment to moment without picking up the food. I have never regretted attending a meeting.

Reprinted from OA's Lifeline, April 2000, (Anonymous, Anoka, Minnesota, USA)





~ DANNY'S CORNER ~
OLD TAPES

Dear God, "Setup time" is here. Thoughts of "who would know" are running around my head. Old tapes long since hidden in the back room of my brain have become new releases. "Who would know" is my long time companion and would have taken over by now except for some well spent spiritual recovery that I have been keeping for just a day as this. There was a time when I was unable to even recognize these thoughts, but now it is second nature to bring them to You for disposal.

The woman You sent to run my life is, as we speak, on her way to the wilds of Pennsylvania to visit her sister and him. She is taking Aunt Mae with her, and I put them in Your care, as well as my car. Alone to do as I please? Hardly. I will leave shortly for Brooklyn to do some banking, as the youngest of the children needs some cash (this one actually pays it back), and the weekend is full of f2f meetings.

Stay with me this day, show me the way, and give me the power to do Your will as it is revealed to me. Wrap all those I love in Your arms, give abstinence to all who need it, and remember to watch over those I would like to see suffer. They more than all others need Your help. The clock strikes eight and I must get going, but before I go please reach out to those who ask me for help that I can not help. Only You can make them whole.

AND WHY NOT......Danny




~ FROM THE
RECOVERY GROUP MEMBERS ~



White Gentle Dove

The time is late and no one is here
my heart is empty and I cannot hear
the gentle knocking from those I love
flowing white as snow like a gentle dove

The horses whisper and the bird doth cry
To join with the dove
To help it as it flies
For the journey is tough
The barriers are hard
For love to touch
My sealed off heart

The decision is mine
To be alone and cry
Or to break the seal
And like the dove I fly

To the mountains and valleys
I find my peace
By a soft gentle stream
Or by a long deserted beach

The waters they wash
The terrors of the past
The waves they crash
the seal to my heart
it allows me to feel
the white from the dove
as a hand stretches out
I can now feel your love.

--AnneS




One Day at a Time

We are told to take the program One Day at a Time. For me some days it's hour by hour. I have my program and it's getting easier for me. I can go and plan my food and stay on what I know I can have. My HP gives me the belief that I will do better. I can go now for blocks of time. I do well now for most of the day. Today I'm celebrating day 15 of abstinence. I know I will have my eating disorder or the rest of my life. I used to believe when I got to x weight I could eat normally, but now I know I will never be able to go without this program. I know by all the shares I'm not alone like I thought for years. I feel like all of you are my friends, and this is a safe place to talk about things I never felt comfortable talking about before. I will just take it one day at a time because I've learned thats what works.

love mickie, COE




Hi everyone,

My name is Jeanette B. and I'm a compulsive overeater and a food addict. Just tonight, I ran across this quote and it made me stop and think about myself and my program. Then there was this message about sharing you ESH and I've decided I'd like to share the quote and my ESH in this program.




YOU AND GOD

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends & some genuine enemies;
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you;
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight;
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.

-Mother Teresa


~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


This quote made me stop and realize that I never have done any of these things before I began my recovery program. I have always been too afraid to do any of these things, especially to be forgiving, honest, sincere or happy. UNHEARD OF. I have been in program for four years and I'm still striving to achieve them. I have found my insecurities to be so strong that I'm sometimes too afraid to let go of my armor coat to reveal the real me.

I certainly have gotten much better though. I now take the risk of letting others see the real me. I have learned to deal with my feelings instead of hiding and eating behind them. I've also learned that I can be a success, but not alone. I need my higher power who I choose to call God and my OA family. I have succeeded in loosing 75 pounds and still have about another 70 to go, but the weight loss is my last concern right now.

I sometimes forget about my program and like to think that I can do this without making any effort or work. I get really sloppy with my food plan and deceive myself into thinking it's still OK. How wrong I am! Now I want to continue learning, totally, how to become secure and trustworthy with my fellow sufferers and to continue to work my program in EVERY way so that I can continue to recover mentally, physically and emotionally. I really like this new person I've discovered and I don't want to let her go back into the shell she's lived in for 48 years.

Thanks for letting me share, and thanks to all of you for being here.

Love, hugs and prayers in recovery,
Jeanette B.



Serenity
The Serenity Prayer. How strong is this prayer? How many people have been saved by saying this prayer in the hour or seconds of turmoil? It is a short prayer filled with hope for good things. Serenity lets us live our lives free of dissatisfaction, fear and pain. Serenity makes hard time bearable. Serenity changes the way we look at and deal with events everyday. Serenity lets us say half full instead of half empty. Serenity fills us so we are not knocked down by disturbances. Even large catastrophes only give us pause to ask what we should do next. Strength to do comes from the Serenity prayer.

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.


Jo Dall




~ TOOLS OF RECOVERY ~
~ FROM THE LITERATURE ~

The Promises from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.
We will not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it.
We will comprehend the word serenity.
And we will know peace.
No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we will see how our experience can benefit others.
That feeling of uselessness and self-pity will disappear.
We will lose interest in selfish things and gain insight in our fellows.
Self-seeking will slip away.
Our whole attitude and outlook will change.
Fear of people and economic insecurity will leave us.
We will intuitively know how to handle situations which used to baffle us.

We will suddenly realize that God is doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.

Reflections on The Twelve Steps of Recovery

"Came to believe that a Power greater than
ourselves could restore us to sanity."/B>

~~THE SECOND STEP~~


In Step One I told you about the days when I was "Queen of the Universe" and "Ruler of the World." I wrote about taking the first step ... "We admitted we were powerless over our addiction ... that our lives had become unmanageable." And I ended my journal with these words: "IF I wasn't going to continue being "Queen of the World" .... IF I was "powerless" ... IF my life was unmanageable .... how was I going to be able to survive? Who was going to restore me to sanity?"

And today's quote begins to answer that question. The second step of any 12-step recovery group tells us that a "Power greater than ourselves can restore us to sanity." It doesn't say Jesus .... or God .... or Nature ... or Buddha .... or any other traditional "powers." It simply says a "Power greater than ourselves."

Compulsive illness is a killer. We reach a bottom in this illness ... and I don't care WHAT your compulsion happens to be. Sooner or later, in my opinion, we are all going to reach a point that we KNOW we are not going to be able to "handle this" alone. It's going to take every force in the Universe. It's going to take holding one another's hand, taking it one day at a time, acting "as if" until we "get it," working the steps, using the tools and, my friends, it's going to absolutely, positively take falling down on our knees, admitting that we are powerless and saying, perhaps with tears streaming down our face, to that "Power" greater than ourselves, that WE GIVE UP!!!!!!!! That we cannot do it alone. That we need help. That we are not able to go on like this.

Cautiously .... timidly .... untrustingly, perhaps, ..... we begin to "turn it over." We reach out to that enigma that some of us call God .... and we feel suddenly that everything we've ever worried about has been lifted from our very souls. And when that happens, my friends, we have taken that beautiful Second Step ....... and are ready to move on to the third.



Dear God,
Please help me to know
that in whatever form we
have You to be ....
That your arms encircle us ...
And we are safe.


~ANNOUNCEMENT ~

Dear Folks,

Two new meetings are beginning in the next few days in Stepping Stones, AOL's OA Meeting Room.

Starting Friday, January 5, there is an OA Newcomer's/Step One Study Meeting each Friday at 8:00 pm ET. The focus of this meeting is on Step One: "We admitted we were powerless over food -- that our lives had become unmanageable." This is a focus meeting, but in accordance with the third tradition of OA it is open to anyone.

Starting Tuesday, January 9, there's a Relapse and Recovery Meeting each Tuesday at 10:00 pm ET. This meeting focuses on the special issues facing those who are or have been in relapse. This is a focus meeting, but in accordance with the third tradition of OA it is open to anyone.

If you have access to AOL and have never been to a meeting in Stepping Stones, you can get there via Keyword: A&R > Chats/Meetings> OA Meetings. This will take you to the Stepping Stones Foyer. Click on the "doors" and you're in the Meeting Room.

In Fellowship,
HOST AnR Pax
Assistant Team Leader
Meetings & Chat




RECOVERY GROUP MEETINGS
All Meetings US Eastern Time
All IRC meetings on Starchat Channel
All IRC meetings in #Recovery with the exception of the Spanish meetings which are held in #SpanishRecovery and Christian meetings held in #Christian&Recovery
SUNDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Informal
3:00 PM IRC Swedish Recovery
3:30 PM IRC Italian & Recovery
3:30 PM IRC Christian Step
7:00 PM IRC Informal
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Informal
MONDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Informal
10:30 AM IRC Meditations
2:30 PM IRC Step Study
7:00 PM IRC Informal
9:00 PM IRC Christian Recovery
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Informal
TUESDAY:
1:00 AM IRC Nightowls
7:00 AM IRC Informal
10:30 AM IRC Meditations
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
3:00 PM IRC OA Topic
7:00 PM IRC Informal
9:30 PM IRC OA Talk
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Informal
WEDNESDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Informal
10:30 AM IRC Meditations
2:30 PM IRC Step Study
7:00 PM IRC Informal
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Informal
THURSDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Informal
10:30 AM IRC Meditations
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
4:00 PM IRC Christian Recovery
7:00 PM IRC Informal
8:00 PM IRC Ask It Basket
9:30 PM IRC Big Book
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Informal
FRIDAY:
1:00 AM IRC Nightowls
7:00 AM IRC Informal
10:30 AM IRC Meditations
2:30 PM IRC Step Study
7:00 PM IRC Informal
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
10:00 PM IRC Christian Talk
11:00 PM IRC Newcomers
12:00 AM IRC Informal
SATURDAY:
7:00 AM IRC Informal
10:30 AM IRC Meditations
11:30 PM IRC Spanish OA Topic
2:30 PM IRC OA Topic
4:00 PM IRC Christian Talk ~ Informal
7:00 PM IRC Informal
7:00 PM IRC Abuse & Recovery
9:30 PM IRC OA Topic
11:00 PM IRC OA Topic
12:00 AM IRC Informal

AOL ONLINE MEETING SCHEDULE

All AOL meetings eld in Stepping Stones on AOL


Monday 1:00 PM
9:00 PM
How It Works
Open Topic
10:30 PM Recovery Chat
Tuesday 12:00 PM OA Topic
12:00 AM OA Topic
Wednesday 9:30 PM 100 Pounders
Thursday 9:00 PM OA Topic
10:30 PM Recovery Chat
Friday 11:00 PM Twelve Steps
Saturday 12:00 AM OA Topic
Sunday 3:00 PM Anorexic/Bulimic Focus
9:00 PM How It Works

All Recovery meetings held in #Recovery Room on IRC
All Spanish Meetings are held in #SpanishRecovery Room on IRC
All Christian Meetings are held in #Christian&Recovery Room on IRC
All Abuse Meetings are held in #RecoverySafeHaven Room on IRC
All Swedish Meetings are held in #SwedishRecovery Room on IRC
All AOL meetings held in Stepping Stones on AOL
All times Eastern Daylight Time

Meetings Information ~ The Recovery Group
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/support/meetings.html
or RecoveryMeetings@yahoo.com

To volunteer as a meeting leader or substitute leader, please contact us at
RecoveryMeetings@yahoo.com

Meetings Information ~ AOL
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/support/aolmeetings.html
or HOSTAnRUnity@aol.com
or HOSTAnRTalia@aol.com





OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS CONTACTS

Overeaters Anonymous
World Service Office (WSO)
6075 Zenith Ct. NE
PO Box 44020
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
USA

Telephone 505-891-2664
Fax 505-891-4320
http://www.overeatersanonymous.org/index.html
E-Mail Address ~ overeatr@technet.nm.org

"I put my hand in yours ...
and together we can do what we could never do alone."
~ Rozanne, OA CoFounder ~




THE RECOVERY GROUP CONTACTS



Newsletter Editor ~ SerendipityNewsletter@yahoo.com ~ Suzanne
Newsletter Subscriptions ~ SerendipityNewsletter@yahoo.com ~ Suzanne
Letters to the Editor ~ SerendipityNewsletter@yahoo.com ~ Suzanne
Meetings ~ RecoveryMeetings@yahoo.com ~ Anne
Sponsor/Telephone Angel Directory ~ sophie@coiinc.com ~ Cate
Special Interest Loop Coordinators ~ hopeful@teleport.net ~ Sande
ICQ Angels Directory ~ bingebuster@hotmail.com ~ Natalie
Technical Support ~ RecoveryTech@mail.com ~ Cindy
Recovery Group Administrator ~ Marisok@aol.com ~ Mari
Recovery Group Founder & List Owner ~ Marisok@aol.com ~ Mari


"In the deepest part of a compulsive eater's soul . . .
Is the realization that recovery begins when we find one another."
~ Mari, Recovery Group Founder ~


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.

What we could never do alone ~
We can do together.

One day at a time ~
One step at a time.


Closing Prayer

I reach out to you in cyberspace,
Joining heart to heart,
Feeling here your presence,
Though we're miles apart.

We've found love and understanding
Which no food could ever fill,
As we seek to find recovery,
Day by day in HP's will.

To our keyboards and computers
We are sending blessings, too.
And we thank our Higher Power,
As the miracles come through.

Our phone lines are all singing
With the joy and strength we share.
Not alone now, but together,
As we're closing with our prayer.

God grant us faith and freedom,
Breaking bonds of self-will and fear,
And to those who still suffer,
An open door to find us here.

Amen.

-- Lynne



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