A Wellspring of Hope
Newsletter of The Recovery Group

March 2003
Volume 5, Issue 3

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


The Serendipity Archives


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



Dear Serendipity Readers,

Welcome to the March issue of Serendipity! Whether March is coming in like a lion or like a lamb where you live, I hope your month is filled with the blessing of recovery from compulsive overeating.

In this issue, you will find many different articles which are the evidence of so much recovery in our group. From our Founder's comforting "pat on the back", to the sincere invitation by one of our teens to be part of "her" loop, through three (two wonderfully original and one anonymous) contributions from our members, to another in the Recovery Writers' "Odyssey" series, you will find that our members are an amazingly inspirational source of Experience, Strength and Hope.

I also hope that you "take in" the expanded Letters to the Editor section; there are quite a few letters this month! Some may even evoke responses from you; if so, I hope you will send them to me! I also encourage you to write me if there's anything in this issue (or elsewhere in TRG) about which you would like to comment.

So, settle back in your chair, and prepare to absorb the wonderful wisdom and sharing you will find in the articles which follow.

Yours in the Friendship of Recovery,
     Editor, SERENDIPITY
     Newsletter of The Recovery Group


Dear Serendipity Readers,

The world that God has created is mind boggling ... and it is the people who inhabit this earth who make it so. In addition to giving us bodies that have hundreds of parts that all seem to function at a very high level most of the time, God gave us something even more important . . . the human spirit.

For the past month we have all witnessed one event after another that has shown what this human spirit is capable of. Because we live in a world of insanity at our worst and awesome goodness at our best we see a vast spectrum of examples of each of these daily. Our community is not a provincial one ... because we are scattered all over this beautiful globe. I have breakfast with those who are going to sleep at night and say goodnight to those who are waking up to greet their new day. Our members in some places do not know when they leave their homes if they will be blown up by a bus, luxuriate most of the day in a place of safety and peace, attend to life in an environment that thrills them or find themselves bored by the mundaneness of it all.

But March in the diverse community of The Recovery Group finds us working as hard as we can on the one common thread that brings us together here and keeps us sane ... and that thread is our disease of compulsive eating. Some of us are doing good ... maintaining a program of extraordinary emotional, physical and spiritual recovery. Others of us are close to the bottom of our disease reaching out for any hand that will help us hold on. But all of us in this great good world our Creator has made for us are taking life one day at a time ... and when the day ends most of us can pat ourselves on the back and feel at one with the universe ... and with each other.

Happy March, Loopies.

Love in recovery,


Dear Members of The Recovery Group,

We have been working closely with all General Coordinators this month to make sure that everything that The Recovery Group offers its members is up to date and running smoothly.

Some of what The Recovery Group offers is: Sponsors, Meditations, Meetings, Telephone contacts, and a message board.

This is in addition to the many loops that open the door for recovery and friendship with other compulsive eaters.

We wish to express our deep appreciation to all the Trusted Servants who volunteer their time and recovery to keep our Group available to all who have the desire to stop eating compulsively.

Our founder, Mari, has updated many web pages so that those needing help and inspiration will have that available. Please take some time to check these out:

We also continue to work with our newest trusted servants to get them started in their new positions with The Recovery Group.

Please contact us at TRGAdm@TheRecoveryGroup.org if you are willing to give service as we do have some loops that are in need of trusted servants.

We are truly grateful to have this opportunity to serve all the members of The Recovery Group's Online Community.

Remember, we are here to help you with any questions or problems you may have concerning your online experience in working your program of recovery.

With love and great JOY in service,

Cate, John and Patt
TRG Administration Team



The ODAT/Discovery Loops

February was a fairly quiet month for the ODAT/Discovery loops. We had a few changes in Trusted Servants, and some spamming on a couple of our loops. Fortunately, the vast majority of the letters sent are those of strength, hope and experience, and that is a wonder to behold.

For ODAT administration, we answered approximately 30 letters from subscribers with various questions, and did some normal loop maintenance to keep everything running smoothly.

Thanks to all who help out.

Love to all,
ODAT Adm Chair