A Wellspring of Hope
From Our Editor
Dear friends in recovery,
Dear Serendipity Readers,
Love in recovery,
The Recovery Group
FROM OUR ADMINISTRATORS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
SPONSORS AND RECOVERY
Sharing our Recovery
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 email@example.com .
With love for this program and gratitude for my recovery in it.
Vicki -- Coordinator ~ New Meeting Leaders
TOOLS OF RECOVERY
Perplexed About Abstinence?
When the phone rings at 7 a.m., the first thought that goes through my mind is who is dead or dying? Sure does get my feet on the deck real fast. Then I am so relieved it's just an old friend who feels comfortable with a call that early. He is lonely, so I'll take him with me this morning.
Thanks for the abstinence yesterday, and I could use it again today. Last night the speaker at my f2f "Relapse & Recovery" meeting proved again that it does not pay to put too much importance on a person's physical appearance. What an inspirational story she had to tell! Service is so important to the life of a meeting, and even more important to my recovery. Thanks for allowing me to do whatever service I do.
Living in recovery is so much nicer and easier than I deserve, so it has to be Your parental love for all of us that makes all of this possible. It truly is the simple things that bring happiness, only it takes so long to see it. I amused myself last night by sending family pictures to loop buddies and the time flew by without any thoughts of food, thanks. Right now there is such a feeling of peace inside of me that is beyond my ability to describe -- must be that old serenity, thanks.
Today I ask for, expect and appreciate the knowledge of Your will for me, and the strength to carry it out. I pray today that You will take care of my loved ones and loop buddies, those who still suffer, and the guys I really don't like. Thanks for having the promises of our fellowship be a part of my life. I was so jealous of those who walked in the sunshine while I stayed in the rain, feeling so sorry for myself. All that was needed was for me to walk the walk and put You in charge -- now I'm on the sunny side of life, thanks. Time to go and live the life that You have provided.
AND WHY NOT......Danny
Hello everyone, BlueRose COE here, recovered today....
Open Your Eyes
I thought of the child, born not to see
a snowflake, Santa, or the Easter Bunny.
A woman, who gave birth to her miracle child
never to see the first tooth or first smile.
The father who always dreamed he could see
how handsome and tall his only son would be.
The daughter who couldn't see the wet tears
streaming down mother's cheek ,as her untimely death became near.
Princess, Daddy's little girl, she never would see
what a beautiful bride they said she would be.
The beauty of a flower, in the warmth of the sunlight
the full moon gleaming amongst the stars of the night.
My sweet Pepere who no longer can see
because he's been taken away from me.
From somewhere a new sight has been given to me
hand and hand with peace and serenity.
For today, I am able to see
the beauty of that all around me.
Tomorrow I know not what the future brings
But today I am thankful for many, many things.
My vision, the sounds that I am able to hear
The touch of a hand, the friends that are near.
A reminder that has been sent to me
just open your eyes, and you too will see.
The things that we have, we seem to forget
Im know you have too, I'd be willing to bet.
When the struggles seem just too much to bear
just open your eyes, and see what is there.
The love, the strength, the true friends that care,
just open your eyes and become fully aware..........
I thought I was doing really well. I spend about two hours a day studying the Big Book and the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of OA. I worked this program to the best of my ability, using all the tools, going to meetings, and doing service. Putting my recovery first, I did everything I could in this fight for my life and my sanity.
And then I met you.
You had lost far more weight than I. You looked fantastic. You are everything I wanted to be. Lifeline (and OA) is full of people like you - and not me. You seemed to float along with ease while, no matter how I tried to buck myself up, I fell down. What is wrong with me? Couldn't I even do this right? Am I a failure at everything I do?
I looked back at the last 18 months since I joined OA at 266 pounds, depressed almost to suicide, isolated and unable to communicate. I almost choked on the food as I crammed it into my mouth in an effort to stuff down my emotions. Tears streamed down my face as I helplessly ate my way through the contents of my refrigerator and pantry. I hated myself, and I was sure everyone else also hated me.
OA gave me back my life. Recently I hurt my back, and I had at least 17 phone calls and eight visitors offering love and support. OA allows me to share my emotions with my sponsor and at meetings. I don't need food anymore to be my only 'friend'. I've lost 56 pounds, which has enabled me to walk properly again. During my walks I talk to my best friend - my HP. I've gained so much from the program, but I was letting my disease snatch it back again by falling into the trap of comparing your outside with my inside.
My dear OA friend, I am so glad that you too have embraced this terrific program and that you have found your own special recovery. I hope you will be glad for me too. For today, I have been able to lick this disease and give my recovery all I've got.
We are working this TOGETHER and we're both OK.
Marlene (First printed in Lifeline, May 2000)
Dear OA friends,
I'm on the OA road of recovery again, and it feels so good! God is holding my hand on one side, and my OA friends on the other side. I've been in OA for 5 years, and most of that time I've been struggling.
The truth is that relapse is a big part of my story. Unfortunately, with each relapse I didn't just get back on the horse again. Instead, I went searching for a better, different way to control my food. These research excursions sometimes lasted a whole year. I found no easier, softer way out there. I have not learned how to control and enjoy my food at the same time.
So I'm back in OA, and thinking about what's going to be different this time. I am powerless over food and my life is unmanageable. The fact that this statement resonates within me as the truth is a good sign. I have been beating myself up for years for not staying abstinent my first go-around in OA. Maybe, though, my research excursions were really necessary. As it says in the Big Book on page 449, "nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God's world by mistake."
So here I am, back again. Healthy breakfasts, lunches, and dinners have never tasted or felt so good. After foggy months of overeating on junk food, a healthy moderate meal is a breath of fresh air.
Back to that question: what's different this time? I'm willing to work the whole program, not just selected parts. I'm willing to pray to be willing.
And I'm taking this one day at a time.
Submitting an entry to a newsletter is something I've never done before.
This time is different.
Susan T. Rochester NY
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.
During my time in this program I have met many people who have all different kinds of Higher Powers. Some were agnostics and atheists. Some found their personal Higher Power in Nature, and their "church" was ambling around a tree-studded yard with beautiful flowers. Others were Jewish and Hindus. Still others were Baptists and Unitarians. And among this diverse group of enlightened and brilliant compulsives, I found some of the most spiritual people I've ever known.
When I talk of God, I am not talking about religion. The two subjects I will never write about in my Journal to Recovery are religion and politics. Religion is not God. God is not religion. God is that enigma who makes life come together ... who gives meaning to it ... that Creator of all things who is showing us one day at a time that we CAN recover. Who is telling us in the third step that we can turn our lives over to His care. Who gives us hope.
I'll leave you with this today .... it's getting late and our day will soon be over. My first sponsor told me once that her first sponsor told her that if she couldn't believe in God ... that she should just add another "o" and believe in "GOOD." I believe that must have worked .... because never have I known such a Godly person. Never have I known someone who so personified the word "Good." And through believing in "Good," one can come to know "God." And it will not be the God someone else has said we must believe in. It will be the God that the Third Step invites us to believe in ..... the God of our understanding.
Help us to know
that You are there ...
That your arms are wide ...
And that you will hold us as we
continue on our journey to
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