For ALL Montanans in OA! To submit a blog, simply email your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been experiencing the most abstinence in quite some time.
It began in a sleepless night, pondering my lack of abstinence and what was lacking in my program. I woke with willingness and spent time with God exploring the possibilities.
Then my sponsor asked if I wanted to work the twelve steps on one subject. I definitely was open to this writing exercise and following her suggestions. I will try to include the format here.
The result of that exercise and choosing to send my food plan for the day in the morning was the jump start I needed!
I have been working the tools and enjoying meetings more than usual.
Thank God for sponsors and the OA program!
Identify a situation in your personal or work life that is currently a source of resentment, fear, sadness or anger. Write a brief statement describing the situation and indicating why it concerns you.
Step One: In what ways are you powerless over the situation or condition, and how is it showing you the unmanageability of your life?
Step Two: How do you see your Higher Power as assisting you in being restored to wholeness?
Step Three: How does being willing to turn your life over to the care of God assist you in dealing with this?
Step Four: What character traits have surfaced (for example: fear of abandonment or authority figures, seeking control, seeking approval, obsessive/compulsive behavior, rescuing, taking inappropriate responsibility, not expressing feelings)?
Step Five: Admit your wrongs to God, to yourself and to another human being.
Step Six: Are you entirely ready to work in partnership with God to remove your ineffective behaviors? If not, explain why.
Step Seven: Can you humbly ask God for help in removing your shortcomings? If not, what stands in your way?
Step Eight: Make a list of persons who are being harmed.
Step Nine: What amends are necessary and how will you make them?
Step Ten: Review the above steps to make sure that nothing has been overlooked.
Step Eleven: Take a moment for prayer and meditation, asking for knowledge of God's will for you? What did you discover?
Step Twelve: How can your understanding and spiritual guidance assist you in dealing with this problem?
Montana Overeaters Anonymous