From the OA NoVA Intergroup Chair - 0117

Dear Friends in Recovery,

The principle of honesty is a cornerstone of our way of life. When I came to OA in March 1999, I couldn't lie to myself anymore. I was beaten by the food. I had tried everything. I was tired. I finally knew that I was out of ideas. So I called directory assistance (does that even exist anymore?) and I got the number for Overeaters Anonymous. I went to my first meeting that night—the Alexandria Friendship Wednesday night meeting. And here's some honesty—I hated it. I did not want to be sitting in a church basement with other "losers" like me. How low I had sunk! I felt like my life was over.

But that night I heard others talking honestly about their relationship to food in a way that I had never heard before. Their honesty gave me my first flicker of hope. So, even though I detested sitting in those OA rooms for the first several months, I kept coming back week after week because I heard the truth about the disease. And even more than that, I heard about a solution. A solution forged out of honestly admitting my weakness, believing in a Power that could heal and restore me, and whole-heartedly trusting that Power to show me how to live a day at a time without eating compulsively. I thank Goodness for those men and women who shared their truth that night. They laid the cornerstone upon which I have continued to build my recovery in all the days since.

Remember, together we get better!