I joined OA in April 1995 and am so grateful for this program. By working the Steps and using the tools, I call myself a recovering overeater. However, I am still learning about recovery, the tools, life and myself. Just because I have 10 years in OA, this does not make me an expert.
Earlier this year, I shared with an OA friend my frustration at being unable to sleep at times. Although she was new in program, she had a great idea for me. She suggested I try to pray and meditate when sleepless. Since I had nothing to lose, I tried it. Now prayer and meditation are part of my routine, in an imperfect fashion. Rather than lying in bed, stewing about insomnia or obsessing about what I need to do, I pray and meditate.
During this meditation, I learned I could do with a bit more gratitude and reading of program literature. So, I have begun writing a daily gratitude list and reading more literature. Lifeline magazine is a huge blessing to my recovery because I can have small nuggets of recovery even though I may not have hours to read and study literature at any given point.
These past 10 years, I have lived life on life’s terms, had imperfect abstinence and experienced relapse. But overall my life has been filled with recovery and experiences beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you, OA!
~ Nancy B.
From Lifeline Magazine, July 2014