Home Fellowship The World’s Longest String

The World’s Longest String

5 min read
0

In the summer of 1979, I, along with three other compulsive overeaters, none of whom weighed less than 225 pounds (102 kg), jumped into my subcompact car (talk about a low-riding chassis!) and drove twelve hours from Durham, North Carolina. Our destination? New York City, home of the 1979 World Service Convention.

What do I remember? I remember the show on Friday night, “The Caring Ties,” a musical written by Rozanne S. about the founding of OA. I remember the “100-Pound Winners” panel and the fellow who had lost over 300 pounds (136 kg) and was maintaining a healthy body weight. I remember the roll-call of states and countries.

I remember realizing I was part of something much larger than my little Monday night meeting in Chapel Hill—that OA was vibrant and welcoming to anyone who wanted to participate. I loved every minute of it.

The next summer, I went to Miami. The summer after that, Seattle. Then, I experienced a painful relapse. I did not attend Las Vegas, Detroit, or Washington, D.C, but I did go to Anaheim, St. Louis, Boston (twice), Houston, Vancouver, New Orleans (twice), Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York (again), Dallas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Cleveland.

So, Orlando will be my twenty-first World Service Convention.

Why do I keep coming back? When was the last time you were in a room with more than a thousand compulsive eaters working or working toward a program of recovery? When was the last time you walked into a room and were hugged by people whom you’ve known for most of your life? When was the last time you were in a room with people who have been in OA longer than you have? Along with those important folks, when was the last time you sat down next to someone who had never been on an airplane, had come from far away to attend their first OA Convention, was scared to death, and you let them know that within a few hours they could very well find people who would change their life forever?

It happened to me. I didn’t know I could lose over 200 pounds (91 kg) until I heard someone share about losing over 300 (136 kg). My first husband was introduced to me by my sponsor at a World Service Convention. (Okay, that’s an extreme example!) I have many friends with whom I correspond or talk to often but who I only see at World Service Conventions.

At my home meetings, I’m often the person with the longest time-in program or the longest string of abstinent days. That has never been true at a World Service Convention. Please join us this August to experience the living embodiment of Rozanne’s Promise: “Together we can do what we could never do alone.”

— Karen B.

Registration is open! Sign up at at oa.org.

  • Abstinent Now

    I am writing to echo sentiments from “Print Preference.” I came to OA in 1986 and have abs…
  • What a Gift to Grow

    Abstinence has changed my life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Abstinence has st…
  • Feeling A Part Of

    I resisted doing service—the same way I’d once resisted writing out a food plan for the da…
Load More Related Articles
  • The Funnest Thing I’ve Ever Done

    In 1995, I’d been in OA for seven years, and I got a new car. An OA friend and I decided t…
  • The Sounds of Program

    I put my hand in yours, . . . At a retreat years ago in Melbourne, Australia, participants…
  • Stand Up and Ask

    Actions speak louder than words. When someone in recovery leads by example, then there is …
Load More By admin
  • The Funnest Thing I’ve Ever Done

    In 1995, I’d been in OA for seven years, and I got a new car. An OA friend and I decided t…
  • Practice Space

    I’m not entirely sure what OA unity means to me, but a specific memory early in my program…
  • Together, We Have

    I have been in the rooms of OA for several years now, quietly waiting for my miracle. Like…
Load More In Fellowship
Comments are closed.

Check Also

The Funnest Thing I’ve Ever Done

In 1995, I’d been in OA for seven years, and I got a new car. An OA friend and I decided t…