A Wellspring of Hope
Newsletter of The Recovery Group

July 2000
Volume 2, Issue 7

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


From Our Editor
From Our Founder
From Our Administrator
From Our Meeting Coordinator
From the Loops: Spotlight of the Month
Tributes From Our Trusted Servants Continued
Tools of Recovery
From the Recovery Group Members
From the Literature
A Call to Action: Recovery Meditations
The Recovery Group IRC Meetings
AOL Meetings - A&R Forum
Overeaters Anonymous Contacts
Recovery Group Contacts
The Serenity Prayer


Dear friends in recovery,

Welcome to the July issue of Serendipity! This month marked a turning point for the newsletter, with so many of you responding to our call for member participation in sharing experience, strength and hope with the Recovery Group. We got some really wonderful submissions, and hope that this trend will continue. Remember, we cannot put together this newsletter without your help. We also encourage your feedback on the newsletter, on a particular share, or on anything you want to write about -- share your reactions to Serendipity by sending a letter to the editor to SerendipityNewsletter@yahoo.com. We'd love to hear what you think.

In this month's edition, our founder, Mari, thanks all of us for the tribute in June's Serendipity, the beauty of which reflects Mari's own beauty and her dedication to the Recovery Group. Our Administrator, John, writes about service, and encourages all of us to get involved. Anne, our Meeting Coordinator, gives us much-needed background and advice on mIRC and how to get to meetings in the #Recovery channel. The Loop Spotlight of the Month shines on Heavyweights on the Journey, HOTJ, as Jeff, coordinator of the loop, writes about the loop dedicated to morbidly obese members of the Recovery Group. We've included Pamela's wonderful tribute to Mari, which was somehow lost last month. Next is a new feature for Serendipity, on the tools of recovery, in which Deborah talks about abstinence. (By the way, we encourage all of you to submit shares on the tools, so that we can continue this feature.) Shares from Recovery Group members include a timely share by Debbie on Step Seven, a great share about a "video game meditation" from Mary Clare, Diane's "Recovery -- Dance in Harmony with God," and a wonderful poem from SueGrace entitled "Not Me But We!" We've also included the Seventh Step Prayer in From the Literature, A Call to Action encouraging all of us to contribute meditations to the Recovery Meditations project, a current list of Recovery Group meetings, announcements about the OA WSO convention in August in Dallas, Texas, and the Region 9 English Language Service Board round-up in September in Bacharach, Germany. We conclude with OA and Recovery Group contacts.

We are blessed to have such talented and generous members sharing their experience, strength and hope with us! I hope you enjoy this new edition of Serendipity, and that you will all consider contributing to the next issue.

Love in recovery,



Dearest Friends,

I want to thank each of you for the beautiful tribute you gave me last month in this remarkable newsletter we call Serendipity. I will cherish your words always.

Over the years in my association with so many of you, I have often been humbled, stretched, overjoyed and enlightened. To know that you are there at those difficult times when I and so many others reach out sometimes just to be heard ... has confirmed to me that the mission purpose of our beloved Recovery Group has been accomplished.

May we all have the wind at our backs as we trudge along this somewhat bumpy road to our destiny together.

In recovery ~ one day at a time.

Love in recovery,
The Recovery Group


Recovery is a way of life, it is not a destination. We work the steps, we go to meetings, we sponsor and are sponsored, we plan our food. We do these things daily.

There is, as the Big Book says, no softer, easier way. In fact, it takes courage to undertake this journey called Recovery.

The wonderful thing is that we do not have to take this journey alone. We have been alone, or in isolation, too much anyway. Now we have our Higher Power and each other. Hand in hand, we are accomplishing a daily recovery, and this daily recovery may extend to a lifetime.

The Twelfth Step suggests that a part of our recovery is reaching out to those who still suffer. While the obvious intent is the person who is still in the illness, none of us is beyond needing the help of others on this journey.

That is why we do service as well as reach out. The Recovery Group has something over seventy loops, so that almost anyone can find a home for their recovery. That is why we have meetings, so we can share our experience, strength, and hope with each other. Even as we speak, a wonderful book of daily meditations is being prepared, written by loop members. The web sites are constantly being revised and updated by dedicated volunteers. There are step leaders, Big Book leaders, and on and on. And who are all these people?

Everyone is a Compulsive Eater, some are in good recovery, some are not. All are on this journey together.

If there were one thing I could wish for, it would be that every member of Recovery would consider that the loops are theirs, and that their service is essential to everyone else. Having once lurked somewhat in the beginning myself, I know this process takes a bit of time. But the good people of my home loop soon reeled me in. I think I knew I was home.

You are the person for whom these loops exit. Come, let us journey together. Reach out, serve, share. And find and give the love that is here.

Recovery Group Administrator


Dear Friends,

Did you know that the most reliable way to enter the #Recovery channel is via mIRC. If you have been having problems getting into our meetings, I strongly urge you to try downloading IRC - it will provide you with easy access, a stable connection as well as lots of fun accessories for you to use if you like that sort of thing!

Following are the step by step instructions for downloading and using mIRC. I would like to thank Cindy, our Technical Support Trusted Servant, for making this all so simple. So why not give it a try! :o) If anything goes wrong or you can't understand something,just email Cindy at
RecoveryTech@mail.com, and she will come to your rescue.

Also, you can go to http://www.mirc.com/install.html to get mIRC installation instructions too and they might explain it better. Here you go!


First you have to get the irc software off the Internet. It's called "downloading" it off the Internet. Here are the steps:

  1. Start up your web browser (Netscape or Internet Explorer or AOL) and go to http://www.mirc.com/
  2. On the left side, in the blue list of links, find Download mIRC and click on it.
  3. In the list of places to download mIRC 5.61(32 bit, for Windows 95, 98, 2000 and Windows NT) find the place that is closest to you and click on it. As soon as you do, it should start to download immediately. You'll see it downloading in a little box on your computer screen.

    If you get a message asking you to Get Info, Save, View, or Cancel, click Save or Save to disk.

  4. When the download box shows that the download is finished, you can close Netscape Communicator.
  5. Now you need to find the mIRC program you just downloaded. It will be called mirc561t.exe. You might find its icon in the Main group in Windows or under the 'Start' button, under 'Programs'. If you can't find it quickly, open the Windows File Manager or Explorer to see all the files on your hard disk.
  6. Double click on the mirc561t.exe icon. It will start to install. Click "I Agree" and OK to any questions that might come up, and watch it install.
You're done downloading and installing mIRC! Now you have the software you need. Good job!!!!! (Hopefully anyway! If it anything went wrong, email me and tell me what happened and what any error messages said.)


OK, next, how to use mIRC. The first time is the hardest because you have to find a StarChat server and type in all your information. After that it's really easy. There are 5 basic steps for using mIRC. Here they are:

    • Double click on mIRC to open it
    • Click in the line "Licensed To"
    • Close the little Registration window

    • On the Server line scroll down to "StarChat: Random server"
    • Type in your name, your nickname, and your email address
    • Click on "Connect to IRC Server"

    • In the top line, type this exactly:
      #Recovery (without a space between # and Recovery)
    • Click on Join

Wait a few seconds and you'll be taken straight into our online meeting room in a new box where you can see conversation and a little box that you type in and hit enter to join the conversation!

If anything goes wrong, email Cindy at RecoveryTech@mail.com, explain what happened at what stage in the process, and she will help you step by step.

Meetings Coordinator
The Recovery Group



Heavyweights on the Journey (HOTJ) is a loop that was formed to meet the needs of the morbidly obese members of the Recovery Group. Many of our 200 loopies weigh 400 lbs. or more. There are also several members who were at extremely high weights that have found recovery from compulsive eating and have lost tremendous amounts of weight. They remain with HOTJ because they realize that they have a valuable gift to share with their fellow sufferers, and because the recovery is evident on our loop.

There are issues that morbidly obese individuals have that people with lesser weight problems never even dreamed of. For instance, many of our Recovery Group members find acceptance and support from face-to-face meetings. But imagine being the only one there who weighs 500 lbs. How out of place some of us feel! Even in a meeting where we should be welcomed with open arms we sometimes feel like outcasts because of our weight. Imagine not going to the movies because you couldn't fit in the seats. Imagine having to be very selective about where you sit, because the chair might not hold you. Imagine not being able to travel comfortably by car or airplane because seatbelts won't fit, and you have to ask for extenders.

People with massive amounts of extra weight have problems and issues many "regular" overweights don't even think about. HOTJ addresses those issues. We're there for those who have morbid amounts of weight brought about by a disease run rampant. The love and support supplied by HOTJ members is special, because each of us has been there, facing those very same issues. Our loopies are among the most terrific people you'd ever want to meet. So, if you are a heavyweight in need of some added support in your program, or if you know someone who is, please keep HOTJ in mind. Our web address is
http://recovery.hiwaay.net/hotj/index.html and should you decide you'd like to join us, just click on the subscribe button at the bottom of the page. We look forward to seeing you!

Jeff, Coordinator

Mission Statement for HOTJ:

The HOTJ Loop focuses on compulsions and addictions relating to food. Many of our members weigh over 400 pounds... some of them considerably over that.... and this is our place to discuss the problems that come about with the disease we suffer from. We have dreams and goals and through the process of working towards these dreams and goals we hope to reach them. Although many of our members are also members of Overeaters Anonymous (OA) and other world-wide groups, the only requirement for being a member of HOTJ is to have the desire to quit compulsively overeating.

"To be nobody but myself ~ in a world which is doing its best night and day to make me everybody else ~ means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight ~ and never stop fighting."


Dear Loopies ~

My name is Pamela and I am a grateful recovering compulsive overeater. This program gives me life and there is no easier, softer way for me. I am an addict, and OA gives me balance and strength.

I have often shared with you how I found OA and my first f2f meeting. But this time I'd like to tell you how I found Journey to Recovery and Mari. I was surfing the Internet. It was sometime in late April 1997, and the feelings of defeat that were inside of my heart needed to be softened... I was in so much pain and I knew at that point that I needed a chance at living. Through my search for self, I stumbled upon a small email loop in cyberspace called Journey to Recovery. I didn't know much about it, but the words were beautiful and I decided to stick around. I'm glad I did because it was here that I first found my recovery. I read the shares daily with awe. I wanted what was written here. I wanted to be free of the compulsion and I found it so easy to relate to these people. This was home.

As my recovery grew, so did the loops...and so did my relationship with Mari. I watched HOTJ and Cokids open up . . . and WTS and Recovery... and countless other loops began to pop up . . .. The need for them was that great and Mari knew it. She worked endlessly to find coordinators and trusted servants, writers and greeters. Through all of this, I began sharing with her some of my deepest thoughts and she became a "sponsor" of sorts to me by sharing with me her ESH. During this most difficult time of my life a beautiful friendship emerged and despite all of the ups and downs friends have from time to time, my love and gratitude to this woman who helped me find recovery is endless. I am clueless as to where she finds the strength to do the things she does. She is a gift in many lives for giving us so much of herself and I am honored to say that I work with her on these masterpieces called The Recovery Group.

Thank you, Mari. I love you.




Greetings everyone, my name is Deborah and I am in recovery from compulsive eating.

When I first came into the rooms of OA, I was about 18 years old, and weighing 150 lbs. I had been on several diets, from Richard Simmons' never say diet, to the Scarsdale 14 day diet, and then to TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Some of these I even tried several times.

These meal plans were only treating the outside problems . . . not the inside. So without the changing coming from the inside, the diets did not work. And to this very day, they still do not work. I was still hurting inside and miserable. I felt like a failure because I would lose a few pounds, then eat and the pounds would come right back on. Not that I am not hurting now . . . there is still a lot of work for me to do here, a lot of growing and learning, but at least I am here where I can do it and be safe in doing it.

I was not abstaining - the truth of the matter is I had no idea what abstinence was about, until I came to OA. And to be honest here, I still have struggles with abstinence. But at least now I have some basic idea of what abstinence is and is not.

To me, abstinence is refraining from compulsive eating, period. Abstinence IS putting down the food, and abstinence IS NOT a program of recovery.

A food plan is a tool that helps us to achieve abstinence. There is a nice little pamphlet from OA WSO called "A Plan of Eating: A tool for living - one day at a time." I have read this little pamphlet, and it is a great source to learn all about food plans and a plan of eating.

My food plan may change from day to day . . . but my abstinence remains the same . . . refraining from compulsive eating.

There are many of us here who also have foods that we definitely need to stay clear of because it makes us crave more, and more, and we can't simply stop at just one. LOL. This creates a binge effect in us. For me this is sugar loaded foods, and some white flour products. So, if I eat something that has white flour or sugar in it, then I have broken abstinence. My other binge producing foods are anything salty and crunchy. Also, if I overeat, then I have broken abstinence.

I have been on predetermined food plans in my recovery from compulsive eating and those food plans seemed like a diet to me. The food plans were just too restrictive, and this kept me in the disease that much more. Today, as I move out of relapse and back into real recovery, I am striving to take steps to learn to make better and healthier choices.

I also recognize that certain attitudes can set me up. I must keep my distance from both the attitudes and the foods. On my refrigerator, I have posted a recovery checklist, and it helps me to remember that I can't work this program alone. And that I need to keep myself in check by looking at it and seeing if there are any changes or shifts in my attitudes. It alerts me to signals that could bring about a relapse. And for this I am grateful.

I am also grateful for the chance to be sitting here and writing this piece to share with you. I hope that my writing here has helped someone, I know it has certainly helped me in sharing this with you.

Yours in Recovery,


Step Seven: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

I remember getting to Step Six - the willingness to have God remove my character defects. I didn't have to do it, just get ready. Still, it was a mighty tall order. After all, if God removed all of them would there be anything left of me?

However, after having done the first five steps, I knew it was necessary to do Step Six if I wanted to be successful not only in OA but in life. I had already run my life my way and could see where that had gotten me - nowhere...Or at least nowhere that I wanted to be.

So, I became willing. And that led me to Step Seven. I had to humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings. That first word was a killer. Humbly? What did it mean? I had humiliated myself enough in my lifetime. I sure didn't want to have to do it again by groveling before God.

I had always thought of myself as humble. I did this with appropriate "breast-beating" whenever I made a mistake. It took me forever to see that this is ego in reverse. The reason I was so hard on myself for my errors was because I thought I was better than everyone else, therefore, should know better. But as one lead said at a recent meeting, "I'm just another bozo on the bus." What a shock that was for me to discover. I'm no better, no worse than the rest of Planet Earth. I am (and I shudder to even type this) H*U*M*A*N.

I believe the "controversy" in my own mind of being humble can be summed up in two short but powerful sentences. There is a God. "I" am not Him.

Terence T. Gorski, in his book, Understanding the Twelve Steps, explains, "Humility doesn't mean putting yourself down. It means knowing at the core of your being who you really are. It means owning your strengths and your weaknesses and truly believing that you are okay."

But what about having to ask God? Why couldn't I do this on my own? The AA book, Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, certainly spoke about me when they wrote about us living our lives by our own merit. "[N]o class of people in the world ever made a worse mess of trying to live by this formula..." On my own, I'm a disaster just waiting to happen.

Still, I had asked God to remove my shortcomings in the past. I had asked Him to take away my obsession with food. Mostly, I asked this while gripping my fork with the strength of Hercules. God didn't remove it. Could it be He knew I was neither ready nor humble?

This is why the Serenity Prayer says I need "the courage to change the things I can." It is up to me to put down the fork. It is up to me to allow God to work in my life. It is up to me to change the things I can. It is up to me to humbly ask God to remove my shortcomings.

Although God is mighty, there are certain things He cannot do. One of them is to force His will on me. That is why I must ask. Humbly ask.

As time goes on, I've learned how to be humble, how to ask Him and now it came time to remove my shortcomings.

In my eleven plus years in program, I've discovered something. There is not one single shortcoming that I need. Oh, there are a few that I want - especially on days when my self-will runs riot. But actually need? Not one.

If I am desperate enough to have shortcomings in my life, T. A. Woods says I can find plenty of baggage to "fill my day and drain my spirit" or I can "leave the baggage handling to God."

Just for today, I'll let God be my Baggage Handler. It certainly allows me to live my life a lot happier, more joyous and certainly free.



I play a video game in which I am the king and many characters (knights, archers, laborers, wizards, demolition experts, captains, and pilots) do my will. I sit at the gate with an aerial view of the action. When I click on a character, each responds with a different comment and tone of voice. A dignified "Yes, Sire" - knight. A dull "Huugh" - laborer. A proud "You need my help?" - wizard. A very gruff "Whatdya want?" - demolition expert.

This game is a meditation for me. I think of my emotions as God's decision to click his "mouse" on me. Whenever I feel stirrings inside, it is time to turn my attention to what God is calling me to do in the situation at hand. My types of response are as varied as those of the characters in the game. I wish I could always respond, "Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will." Sometimes, however, I scream, "Whadya want?" or "Why me?"

The most important thing is recognizing my emotions as a call to action. In program, I learn to act on life rather than react to it. Before program I did not respond directly to emotions at all. I hid and I ate. Now I may not always respond graciously, but I do "hear" the emotion for what it is and look for a desirable action.

Mary Clare


I have been participating in the birthing process of recovery and have found the labor painful. But, as in childbirth, the end result far outweighs the difficulty of the process. So many times, I have witnessed the birthing process in others both at f2f meetings and here on line, a process that never ends for some, a process that gets stalled midstream. That has really bothered me both because for the pain that these people are in and because of the fear that recovery is not possible. As a newcomer, it was very frightening to see people still struggling and still overwhelmed by the disease of COE after many years of trying. I looked at the ones who have solid recovery, who have succeeded in losing the excess baggage in body and spirit, and wondered what was the answer. The answer seems to be in the willingness to do whatever is necessary to recover. That mostly seems to be the willingness to confront the past hurts and behaviors and to actually do things differently - to make the changes necessary to acquire health and sanity. It seems to be the willingness to labor, to hurt and to bring to life the things that God points out to us and wants us to change. The bottom line for me is to NOT EAT and see what happens. To allow the feelings to come to the surface -- not force, but allow. To proceed through those feelings without eating to stuff them back down. To take a look at those feelings with the help of God and His trusted servants, our friends and sponsors, and to come to a place of spiritual understanding and truth. And the truth shall set us free.

When I do this, I finally take a step and I move forward to the next step. If I choose to stay there, I inevitably have to binge and feed to not move ahead. The force of labor pushes on and I have to do something to stop it. That is the insanity of this disease.

Recovery is a dance with our Higher Power, a coordinated effort of His power and our willingness to follow. When we stay in rhythm, the recovery flows like an elegant waltz. When we try to lead, the flow stops and the dance becomes a cacophony of missed steps and injured feet. Let's choose the dance that is individually designed for each of us by our Higher Power. And let's stay in the God-given rhythm.

Diane aka Dottie


Through all my life, an eternity,
I thought the problem lies with me.
"It's up to you," they all would say.
"It's only you who will suffer and pay."
What price the failure and pain within,
They told me, "was my eternal sin."
Their constant taunts and "helpful hints"
Made matters worse with binging stints.
The release I felt when at last I found
The fellowship of others with a common ground.
I felt at ease to express my pain,
My constant binging and endless shame.
These people turned a fellow scared,
With problems never ever shared
Into a person with courage to flower.
"Together," they said with a higher power.
The cloud is lifting and I can see
The battle's won, not by me but WE.




My Creator, I am now willing that you should have all of me, good and bad. I pray that you now remove from me every single defect of character which stands in the way of my usefulness to you and my fellows. Grant me strength, as I go out from here to do Your bidding.


Hi Serendipity readers!

As you know, one of the best ways to keep your recovery is to give it away. Well, here's your chance to give away some of your experience, strength and hope to fellow compulsive eaters worldwide.

The Recovery Group is writing our very own meditations book, called "One Day At A Time," and we need your help. We're looking for submissions for the book. You don't have to be a great author to participate, so don't let that stop you! In case you haven't seen what we've gotten so far, check it out on the Web at:

It's very simple. Here's what to include in your submission:

1. A quote and who said it.
2. Your own ESH concerning the quote. Please try to keep it between 150 and 300 words.
3. A brief meditation beginning with the words "One day at a time..." relating to the quote and your ESH.
4. Let us know whether you want your first name and last initial, just your initials, or "anonymous" used at the end of your piece.
5. Send your submission to the Recovery Meditations committee for evaluation at recoverymeditations@egroups.com

We'll edit only for length and clarity, keeping the spirit of your submission intact. All work becomes the property of the Recovery Group and may be used in the book, on our website, or both.

Speaking of the book, we're also looking for a publisher, so if you're in the publishing business (or happen to know one who'd be willing to work with us) please contact us at the above address.

Thank you, and remember, you may not think you have anything important to say, but your ESH could save the life of a fellow compulsive eater.

Love in recovery,
Recovery Meditations Committee


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Overeaters Anonymous World Service Convention
Recovery Roundup 2000
August 3 - 6, 2000.
Dallas, Texas
Information about and registration form for the convention is available at
All are welcome to attend!!

The following is from OA WSO:

I am forwarding your message to our volunteers in Dallas for their information. Please let everyone know they will need to register in advance for the convention in order to get the pre-registration price. After July 5, 2000, the price goes up.

Sandy Gurule
OA World Service Office
PO Box 44020
Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4020
(505)891-4320 Fax

Danny (Big Bird), the Recovery Group Coordinator for the OA WSO Convention, has set up an e-mail address for questions and comments about this event. Please contact him at AndWhyNot37@webtv.net


I recently told someone about the Region 9 English Language Service Board, and they asked what is that? I asked myself what is the Region 9 ELSB? I have problems remembering our official title, much less having a ready answer. The Group Handbook from OA says something to to the effect that we are a service body. An ELSB is a service body that provides support for groups and intergroups outside the USA and Canada. Our specific area is Region 9. The group handbook also talks about the NSB running offices to deal with nationwide mail, meeting lists, newsletters, events, public information and hospital, institution, professional and military work.

The purpose of the Region 9 English Language Service Board is to carry the message of recovery from compulsive overeating to English speaking people who still suffer in areas of Region 9 where English is not the spoken language.

We are a group of people trying to spread the word that OA exists and recovery is to be had even if you don't speak the language of the country you reside in. One way we have been doing this is the roundups. It is a way for us to get to know other members of the fellowship and therefore help our own recovery. I know for me feeling alone and isolated is a symptom of my disease. Not having a local meeting is hard. I have met people through the events sponsored by the Region 9 ELSB. If I work my program and do the footwork to establish and maintain contact with these people I do not have to feel that isolation anymore.

After attending the Zurich Roundup 2000 I felt part of an honest, accepting, safe and loving family. The Public Information meeting was an inspiration to me, I had never witnessed one before. It filled me with hope and affirmation that we are growing and progressing as a service board. We can't keep what we don't give away. One splendid way to do service is to show up at the meetings and the round-ups.

There is an upcoming round-up on September 15, 16 and 17 in Bacharach, Germany. The round-up takes place in a castle, which has been turned into a youth hostel,overlooking the Rhine River. Hope to see you in Bacharach!

For more info on how to recieve a registraion form, drop me an email at sjuanita@hotmail

Juanita, Chairperson
Region 9 English Language Service Board


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

Telephone 505-891-2664
Fax 505-891-4320
E-Mail Address ~ overeatr@technet.nm.org


Newsletter Editor and Subscriptions ~ SerendipityNewsletter@yahoo.com ~ Suzanne
Meetings ~ RecoveryMeetings@yahoo.com ~ Anne
Sponsor/Telephone Angel Directory ~ sophie@coiinc.com ~ Cate
Special Interest Loop Coordinators ~ SILoops@mail.com ~ Anne and Sande
ICQ Angels Directory ~ bingebuster@hotmail.com ~ Natalie
Technical Support ~ RecoveryTech@mail.com ~ Cindy
Recovery Group Administrator ~ jomarst1@aol.com ~ John
Recovery Group Founder ~ 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.



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