Program has gifted me with a life to live. I can appreciate that gift by seeking that sunny place, knowing that the sunlight of the spirit is always available. My intention this year was the saying "lightness in my heart." These words remind me not to take life or myself so seriously. This can be a tough challenge.
I have felt incredible relief from depression and anxiety by using the spiritual practices of the OA program. Because of this, I have a gratitude and an increasing "lightness in my heart" knowing that I am living in the sunlight of the spirit.
When I was growing up my brothers and I all had stories about a place where the sun shone. We grew up in a rainforest and had a bit of a tough childhood with an abusive father. We would explore the woods above our home. I remember a special adventure when we had struck out into the woods where no trails existed. We were stumbling through rough undergrowth and then a small meadow appeared. The sun broke through, and we felt such joy! It was beautiful. We took our little hatchet on the way out and marked the trees, but we couldn’t find it again. I remember that sunny place and how it lifted me up out of my troubles.
There were many troubles in my life until I found program. My first Twelve Step meeting was like that sunny meadow. My spirits were lifted, and a path appeared. I knew that I had found out how to live, truly live. The difference between that lost meadow and program is that the Twelve Step path is always here for me. It doesn’t just lead to one sunny place but many.
Lesley K. - Region One