Loving Ourselves


As we responded with action to the love we had been shown in AA, the result was a new faith in ourselves, in others, and in the power of that love.”

Many Alcoholic Anonymous members loved me until I learned to love myself.  It was not until I could love myself that I recovered and did the needed work:  used the tools, worked the Steps, lived the Traditions.  It has been a long journey, but I have made it to the other side:  I am happy, joyous, and free.

The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Overeaters Anonymous, p. 17



Being loved and accepted in the rooms has changed my feelings of being restless, irritable and discontent to a place where I feel happy, joyous and free. Today the person I have come to understand and love is me – I’m okay, I’m doing the very best I can, and I work to live a life of recovery every day, every minute. When my butt hits the floor, when my energy escapes me, when doubt eats away at my resolve – it is then that I reach out to my Higher Power in prayer, and my next action is to get to the rooms and hear the readings which usually begin “Rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path. . .”  My serenity gets restored, my faith gets renewed, and my will to live a sober life is revived.  Love is the reward for practicing a life of recovery.

Legacy’s Part II

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It is through this sharing of our experience, strength and hope that we are blessed to claim sobriety.  So the first legacy is our own Recovery.  What a blessing!  Secondly is Unity, and that is so evident in our home groups, as we work to pass it on.  While Service is our last legacy – it has become the linchpin of the Program.  Without the dedication and service of our members, the doors would not remain open.  I, personally, can tell you that I am a firm believer in service to A.A.  I have served at local levels, at District levels, and at Area levels.  If you’re looking for “more” in A.A. consider service. It enriched my recovery and opened my eyes to a whole new dimension and a new level of involvement.  Service affords me the opportunity to give back to a Program that just keeps on giving to all who seek recovery.

The Legacy’s


We have Three Legacies in A.A.: Recovery, Unity and Service.  Legacy is defined as ‘something transmitted from an ancestor or from the past.’  In other words it is what we pass on to others; our very Program, as written and designated in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Recovery is but a beginning, but it is the basis of A.A.  Unity is the combining of our “fellows” in the form of groups, and in our efforts to keep the Program “alive,” that it will be there for future members.  And lastly, but not in the least is Service – this is what keeps the doors open for the newcomers.  We are self-supporting through our own contributions, and it is through this spirit of service that we pass on what has been given to us.  I am blessed to be sober.  I can claim this sobriety through the Program, and following the Steps I come to Step Twelve which reads thusly:  “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”



Prayer is becoming more natural to me and for that I am grateful.  Prayer truly indicates an acceptance of the spiritual principles and also the acceptance God as my Higher Power.  Gratitude means that I accept and practice the Program and work to keep abstinent from alcohol.  I am forever grateful to Bill and Bob for having that conversation all those many years ago.  I pray that A.A. stay available to all and open to all inclusively.  I pray that I remain in the Program with a grateful heart and an open mind.  Thank you God for all the blessings you have bestowed on me.

Just For Today


I love the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous. It teaches me and directs my behavior towards the spiritual, rather than the material.  It leads me to a “higher” path. A path to better behavior, better response to problems, and it gives me a time frame that is totally workable. 0There exists a prayer that speaks to this topic – our beloved Serenity Prayer.  There is also a small hand-out that is entitled “Just for Today” and begins with “Just for today I will try to live through this day only, and not tackle my whole life problem at once.  I can do something for twelve hours that would appall me if I felt that I had to keep it up for a lifetime.”  The final one states “Just for today I will be unafraid. I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe that as I give to the world, so the world will give to me.”  To that end I have today and I plan to enjoy this day.



I have found a peace within from working Step Three. Making a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God.  That Step scared me. I thought “What will happen to me if I just quit struggling?”   I mentally and spiritually worked Step Three and developed a faith I had never experienced. Peace came when I “gave up.” Now I know it was not just giving up. It was having trust and faith in a power greater than me.  I somehow found the strength to sit still long enough for God to catch up with me. To know that He will always be there. That there is a plan for my life and that I am right where I am supposed to be.  I found God, and I found a faith in Him and in the Program of Alcoholics Anonymous.  I know today that whatever happens – it is the will of God.  I have learned to allow myself the faith of stepping back and letting life unfold not as I will.  Knowing God is embracing a peace unlike any I have ever known.

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