"The twelfth step suggests that we continue to practice our new way of acting upon life "in all our affairs," and the vast experience of recovering compulsive overeaters confirms the importance of this suggestion. As we've worked the first eleven steps, the principles embodied in them have begun to replace our old way of life, which centered on self and compulsive eating. In step twelve we confirm that we have turned our backs on the old ways forever. We are moving in a new direction of spiritual growth." (The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, pg.103)
It was important for me to notice what was said in the paragraph above, namely that how I live the principles embodied in each step in all my affairs tells me how far I have progressed in recovery. In other words, I am a work in progress. I definitely am not a saint.
Keep It Simple!
12 Principles ("guides to progress")
1. Honesty & acceptance. (Self honesty brings acceptance)
2. Hope. (Open-mindedness to the idea that we are not God)
3. Faith. (Willingness to surrender to the process laid out before us)
4. Courage. (Willingness to trust that God as we understood Him would see us through the difficult process of facing ourselves)
5. Integrity. (Assuming responsibility for who we have become)
6. Willingness. (Let go of the old and let God bring in the new)
7. Humility. (Knowing who we are and now who we might become)
8. Justice (mercy) and brotherly love. Brotherly love -- doing right, forgiveness, understanding, taking responsibility for ourselves and others.
9. Self-discipline and good judgment. (Acts of restitution)
10. Perseverance, discipline and open mindedness. (Self acceptance)
11. Awareness. (Seeking wisdom and God's will for us) (Spirituality)
12. Love and service. (Being available to those in need, gratitude in action)
We have taken the steps 1 through 9 that put us in conscious contact with the God of our Understanding. We continue to keep up that contact with Step 10, and with Step 11 we improve our conscious contact. And now we come full circle with Step 12. We give back, via service in O.A., what we have so generously been given.
TWELFTH STEP PRAYER
My spiritual awakening continues to unfold. The help I have received I shall pass on and give to others, both in and out of the fellowship. For this opportunity I am grateful. I pray most humbly to continue walking day by day on the road of spiritual progress. I pray for inner strength and wisdom to practice the principles of this way of life in all I do and say. I need You, my friends, and the Program every hour of every day. This is a better way to live.
I want to thank you all for the past three months. I have taken the steps along with you and have kept it simple. Giving this service has moved me to a different space, I am quite simply not where I was when I started. I hope this was helpful for you as well. Thank you for allowing me to be of service.
Please be sure to read pages 89 - 104 in the AABB and Step 12 in the "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions," and "Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous."
1. Are you aware of doing you best to live the principles in all your affairs?
2. What service are you giving in O.A. or what service will you give?
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All my love,
The Twelve Steps