“Keep coming back!”
I started my OA journey almost a year ago. I was familiar with AA’s 12 Steps from another program and dove head first into OA’s Steps 1-2-3. I knew the benefits of a conscious contact with a higher power and the wisdom of the serenity prayer. I quickly identified a plan of eating as well as established my abstinence. Other than finding myself more emotional without my ‘self-soothing-food-behaviors’, I had a great six month run. I found myself 40 pounds lighter, more energetic/enthused, working through OA’s Step 6 and becoming more aware of my eating behaviors.
Then, I hit a snag. ‘That low time of year’ (November through mid-January) came around. I decided to ‘give myself a break’. ‘Take it easy’ and lick my wounds as I face the holidays. I told myself ‘be gentle with yourself as you note the anniversaries of your Dad’s birthday and death. ‘Care for yourself’ by not being too judgmental or too hard on yourself. I started having slips with my abstinence, missing meetings, not doing my daily reading, and denying that my program was faltering. I kept making excuses, and minimizing what was happening all in the name of ‘being gentle with myself’. I took ‘easy does it’ to a compulsive extreme!
It was only after I started faltering in my other program of recovery, that I hit a bottom low enough to get my attention. Luckily, I had maintained at least one OA meeting each week and stayed in touch with my vibrant fellowship. My sponsors from both programs supported me throughout with love and patience as I did a little more ‘primary research’ as I searched to ‘right my ship of recovery’.
As I realized MY low, I started working program basics again. This included admitting ‘I’m having a hard time’, visiting with my sponsor, reading more, rebooting my food tracking, rebooting my abstinence and most of all …….. re-establishing a stronger relationship with my high power.
Today, I find myself soaring after a weekend retreat where we talked about recovery as seasons and cycles. The exact words I needed were found there. OH HOW I LOVE MY HIGHER POWER. His love is all around me. As I complete this cycle in my journey, I’m eternally grateful for the OA Fellowship and our closing chant of…… Keep Coming Back.