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Loving Myself

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“I wish I had a coat of silk the color of the sky.
I wish I had a lady fair, and then a butterfly.
I wish I had a house of stone that looked down on the sea.
But most of all I wish that I was someone else but me.”
– Wishing Song, performed by Ralph the Dog on his album Ol’ Brown Ears is Back!

At one point in my life I longed for things that I didn’t have, both material and spiritual. Regardless of how fortunate I actually was, I wasn’t happy with my life. I had a nice car, but I wanted a nicer one. I had a beautiful home, but I wanted a bigger and better one. I had a good paying job, but I always looked at other people who had creative and interesting jobs and I found myself envious. I even remember sitting in church and in the middle of prayer I would look around at everyone and wonder who was happy and who was not. I would see those people who looked serene and wish that I had a relationship with God like that. But, I was pretty sure that God just wasn’t that interested in me. For a long time I thought I was the only person in the world that felt that way. How wonderful to learn that I am not alone and that my Higher Power loves me!

The promises of the OA program are read at the end of each meeting to remind me of what is possible if I just put forth a little bit of willingness to connect with the group. “I put my hand in yours and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness. No longer must we depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out for power and strength greater than ours. And as we join together, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.” – The OA Promise

OA gives me the freedom to be myself and to love myself, no matter what other people have or don’t have. I don’t wish I were someone else today! This is a gift from the OA program. Thank you, my dear fellow compulsive eaters, who have given me recovery when I thought I was alone.

Keep coming back! It works if you work it, so work it ’cause you’re worth it! See you at the next meeting!

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