When I walked into the OA rooms in 1980 for third time since 1973 I was here to stay. For the first time in my life I felt like I belonged to something, was unconditionally accepted, and no longer alone with my overeating behaviors.
If anyone had told me that I would never again eat certain foods, have a relationship with a Higher Power (I was a belligerent agnostic), and a life beyond my wildest dreams, I would have thought them insane.
Getting abstinent is easy; staying abstinent is a challenge; giving service has been the tool I’ve used the most to maintain mine. In most of the locations I’ve lived continuous abstinence was a requirement to hold service positions. The greater the responsibility the lengthier the requirement. For me, giving service was never about ambition but also isn’t totally selfless. It’s been about being part of something I want to have endure so that my recovery continues to expand and grow. And at the same time it’s about giving something back to the OA program that has given me a life that is indescribable, a debt I’ll never be able to repay.
Giving service has also enabled me to acquire skills with which to live the rest of my life – putting the traditions into practice on a daily basis and developing the art of interacting with people. Invaluable! I had toyed with the idea of giving service at the regional level again – it had been years since I had previously done so. But I was already serving at the Intergroup level and attending World Service Business Conferences. Maintaining balance in my life is critical. So, when the position for Region 2 Treasurer became vacant my Higher Power showed me it was time to step up. I was now retired, would be rotating out of some service positions, and had treasury experience in my professional life that would lend itself to providing expertise to Region 2. It was indeed a combination made in heaven and I look forward to serving.
Northern Nevada Sierra Intergroup