This weekend I’ve had the chance to spend some time with trusted servants from all eleven regions gathering to share our wins and enlist support for our challenges. I watched my fellows with complex service responsibilities actively applying the steps to the work they do and taking care of themselves in the process. I definitely wanted what they had, and boy did they spend a lot of time laughing at themselves!
In between the business discussions there was spontaneous sharing around personal recovery and the expression of strong support for each other. When I look back at my service journey I’ve never stepped into a new service position without the reassurance that I would not be in it alone; that those who have gone before me would be there to answer my questions and support me. It just seems natural for those of us in recovery to want to be helpful and pass on what we’ve learned.
Just as I discovered that I was not alone in my disease of compulsive overeating when I joined OA, I am not alone in any service that I do. It’s also my job to be available to anyone stepping into a role I’ve held.
We are Never Alone!