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When I think of powerlessness, I get an image of myself as a lightbulb alone in a box on the shelf. I’m powerless, but I have potential. If I connect with my power source, if I’m attached to a fixture or socket and the light switch is turned on, then my potential comes to fruition: I can shine warm, useful light.

What do I learn from this? That I’m not supposed to sit on the shelf in my box all alone, unconnected and uninvolved with others. I’m not supposed to do life alone, and even more than that, I can’t. I must connect to G-d on a daily basis, reaching out, asking for help, and tuning in to the right stations so I can hear his messages in my life. I understand that the people HP sends into my life are his messengers, who help guide, support, and love me on my journey. I need to connect with them, to pass on the wonderful lessons I’ve so generously received and bask in the give and-take of fellowship and camaraderie.

The Twelve Step Program of OA is a program of action. It’s not just a “theory of thinking positively” about what can help me. It’s getting up and doing many acts, large and small, often together with others. Each baby-step keeps me connected, keeps my program alive, and makes some use of my potential. In my experience, this actually recharges my batteries. It strengthens my desire to keep connected to HP and keeps me coming back to do what has worked for me for more than eleven years, thank G-d!

— R.V.L., Israel

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