To me, our Responsibility Pledge in OA means more than an arrangement to do something.
In Spanish, the word ‘compromiso’ (commitment) can also mean ‘pledge’ or ‘token.’ A pledge is a thing that is given as security, a guarantee of completion; it is liable to forfeiture in any case of non-completion. From OA, I received an awareness of abstinence and with it a new perspective of who I am.
Today, thanks to the unconditional support of my fellows in recovery, I am a better version of myself. Now I know my limits but do not try to fix myself; I understand that I am part of something greater than myself that I cannot explain – but which will help me overcome.
Now I know my strengths and I feel a deep respect for them; I am very proud of myself. Now I live love and I can share it without fear. Why would I not pledge my life itself if it were necessary?
I am a lover of OA, and I do not have to say anything, just extend my hands and my heart to all who still live as I lived before.