“Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.”"
Midway through my first fourth step someone asked me to sponsor her. I was thrilled and eager to share my experience, strength and hope. As my work with my sponsee progressed, something began to happen in my own program. All that I had learned and was sharing with my sponsee reminded me of where I came from and how far I had progressed. I found that my recovery was strengthened through this process of giving away my experiences in program. This service allowed me to keep what I had received.
It is vital for me that I serve the program of OA in all different manners: as a sponsor; as a leader of a step meeting; as treasurer of a local meeting; and by reaching out to newcomers, people in relapse, and others in the OA fellowship. The more I give, the more I receive.
One day at a time...
I will give service to the OA fellowship so that I may remain in recovery.
~ Cindi L.
It's true........we can't keep what we have unless we give it away. Once I became involved with like-minded people who share my disease of compulsive overeating, I was finally on the road to recovery, after many failed attempts in the past. Only by giving BACK can I keep my own recovery intact.
Giving service replenishes the soul. Giving service keeps me out of my own head, and thereby, out of the food/addictive behavior. Compulsive eating is a disease of isolation, where we live inside of our heads and become obsessed with ego. There is a whole wide world that exists OUTSIDE of ourselves, and it's vital to join the human race instead of to isolate and stay self-absorbed.
Coaching others has been a gift to me, unlike any other. Sharing my experience, strength & hope with others who suffer is priceless. It enables me to keep MY program intact while encouraging others to find their OWN strength and hope.
For today, I will give service so that I may remain in recovery.