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Which “Step 3” is for me?

Which “Step 3” is for me?

United States Medical Licensing Examination’s Step 3:  “Assess whether you can apply knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine.”

New Kid On The Block’s Step 3:  “It’s just you and me.”

A quote from OA’s Step 3 Explanation:  “As we continue abstaining, we find we can depend upon God to eliminate our yearning for the kind of eating that harms us.”  OA 12 & 12 pg 23

Hmmm…let me think…


So, the very first time I heard this, it actually sounded like the Peanut’s school teacher talking, “Whaa, whaa whaa whaa, whaa.”  I mean, in all seriousness, I had no idea what was being discussed.  Which was odd…because due to being in another 12 step group for exactly 43,072 hours (wow – thanks really cool iPhone ‘12 Steps’ app for doing the math for me!) I was fairly knowledgeable regarding Step 3.  But hearing it about food was completely different.

Something I love about OA is that literally every person who walks through the door is different from me, yet we are exactly the same.  Everyone has a different ‘trigger’ and yet everyone is the same because we all have a ‘trigger’.  For example, at a meeting I went to recently, I sat next to a morbidly obese man and a skin-and-bones anorexic woman.  Both had been abstinent from their manifestation of compulsive eating for months.  The obese man shared about his weight loss while the anorexic shared about her weight gain – and both considered themselves and each other a miracle!

OA’s Step 3:  “Made a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God as we understood him.”

Hmm…that doesn’t sound as scary as…

“Step by step, ohh baby, gonna get to you girl!” – NKOTB

See you at the next meeting!

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