~ FROM OUR EDITOR ~
FROM OUR EDITOR
Dear Serendipity Readers,
It is with a lot of excitement and a little trepidation that I come before
you as the new Editor of Serendipity. God works in mysterious ways,
and I welcome the challenge of this new form of service. I enjoyed my
newspaper work in high school and entered the computer field after college,
so this Trusted Servant position seems to give me the very best of both
worlds. Thank you for welcoming me to my new area of service. I have
always found Serendipity full of inspiring articles and know that I will
continue to be led by my Higher Power, as Suzanne was before me, to
bring the same quality newsletter to you that she did.
This month's Serendipity will bring you news from the Trusted
Servants we have working in many areas, articles from our members
and, from beginning to end, words to inspire, interest and inform you
about events in the world of recovery. In this cold month of February,
I hope this issue of Serendipity is one that will warm your hearts
and that you will feel the love this month is known for, with all that
surrounds you here. Please send me your comments, suggestions
and questions. This is your Serendipity and I want to keep the "Letters
to the Editor" column full of your input.
Yours in recovery,
Newsletter of The Recovery Group
~ FOUNDER'S CORNER ~
Dear Serendipity Readers,
I am very pleased to introduce to you the new Serendity Editor.
Her name is Marty, and she has been working behind the scenes
for a long time as the Serendipity Web Trusted Servant who is
responsible for preparing the newsletter each month and seeing
that it makes its way to the Recovery Website. I'm sure she will
do as excellent a job on Serendipity as she does with so many
things. A member of the ODAT committee, a singer, wife and
mother, Marty also brings excellent organizational and technical
skills to this job.
I also want to express our deep appreciation to Serendipity's
first editor who brought so much of herself to this beautiful
little newspaper. Suzanne has dedicated so much time and
energy in making our Serendipity what it is, and I don't think she
will ever truly leave us. As I personally browse issues from
1999 onward, memories and a few little tears remind me of
the dreams Suzanne had for this publication and the hard
work she put into each issue.
So ... on behalf of all the readers of the Serendipity
newsletter, deep thanks to both Marty and Suzanne.
Love in recovery,
~ RECOVERY WRITERS' SERIES ~
~ ODYSSEY ~
RECOVERY WRITER'S SERIES
We'd like to welcome you to a new feature of Serendipity. Each month we
will bring you shares from Recovery Meditations, Odyssey, Journey to
Recovery, The Promises and many others. This month we would like to
invite you to Odyssey ~ A Personal Journey. And what a journey! The
beautiful man, who two years ago weighed 725 pounds, has shared his
amazing journey with us and his words convey to us his extraordinary
emotional, physical and spiritual renaissance.
Note: you may read all of his
In this issue of Serendipity we give you a brief excerpt written about
a year ago ... and each day the journey continues.
ODYSSEY ~ A PERSONAL JOURNEY
I spent the last 10 years in a chair. The 20 foot excursion to the
bathroom twice a day was all I could manage physically, with a shower
maybe every 3rd day if I (and my family) was lucky, I had worked my
way up to 725 pounds and felt as though every excursion was going to
cause the heart attack that would end my existence here and was just
an all around jackass to live with. Restaurants or friends would deliver
food directly to my chair, as I spent money that we did not have,
running up tremendous credit card debt in the process. After all,
what did I care? I wasn't gonna be around to have to pay for it,
and the insurance would erase the debt for my family. It was the
Nine months ago, I decided to stick around a while ... I have lost
(as of the last time I weighed - about a month now) over 265 lbs. just
over half of what my goal is. My days are filled with gratefulness
for this obsession to overeat being lifted from me! I tear up when
I think of it, as I was so close to being gone and it is such a joy
to be around now.
Food has taken a place of being merely fuel, something I never thought
possible. It was my most intimate friend and lover, I did not think
anything could or would replace it. I have been in program for 10 years,
but it has only been in me for 9 months now, and What a difference it
is making in my life, I am still in awe at the power of this program,
and as the Promises say, before I am halfway through I will have these
things coming true for me, and they are.
My days are not all smooth and rosy emotionally, but my food is good,
as I know THAT is not the answer to any of my challenges. There are
days of total exasperation, when I feel that I can do nothing right,
when my child is doing things just to see how angry I can get,
(my perception - she's actually just being 10) it's at these times that
I have to look and ask what my expectations are and if they are valid
or is it just me wanting "my way".
What a wonderful trudge this journey is turning out to be... painful and
uncomfortable while doing the work, but at the end of the day, the
feeling is so light-filled, as to be reborn into a beautiful new world.
Love and hugs,