I just laid aside my phone on the nightstand. It was bedtime. My vision stopped at my silvery, shiny, Overeaters Anonymous, 24-hour “coin” reflecting my lamp light. I hadn’t picked it up since my first (and only) 24 hour on program day. I only lasted that 24 hours. This coin says on the front “To thine own self be true.” Also, Unity, Recovery, and Service” were written in the middle. On the back of the coin was the serenity prayer.
I recalled that my good friend, Heather, kept her 24-hour coin nearby every day. It’s important to her to stay abstinent from processed, sugary foods and not to overeat. It should be important to me, as well, but it only represents another time of trying again and not sticking with a diet. I should look at the trinket as the commitment I made for a clean-eating 24 hour period and was successful!
Unity – means this to me: being part of OA fellows and attending meetings regularly. It means I need to listen to recorded or live meetings when needed/possible.
Service- means to me that I could be helping others on this same path I’m walking.
Recovery – means being on a program of controlled eating (not eating compulsively) on a regular, steady basis.
I do think this little silvery disk is important. It reminds me that I CAN work very hard (it’s not easy in the beginning) and be successful at changing my eating and my life!
Thank you, Overeaters Anonymous. Thank you, Heather. Thank you, self.