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As far back as I can remember, I never felt truly loved by anyone. Different issues and circumstances in my life reinforced this belief over the years. As a compulsive overeater, I sought comfort in food and used it to try to numb some of the hurt I felt deep inside. As a result, my weight climbed higher and higher. This caused me to go deeper into isolation, which only made me feel more alienated.

Today, as I continue my recovery journey in OA, God and OA members are helping me dispel the lies I believed. I am coming to realize I am not unacceptable, nor am I unlovable. I am beginning to treat myself with more kindness and take better care of myself physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

I ask my Higher Power every morning to fill me with calmness and peace, and to help me be kind and gentle with others. Because of the outstretched hand others offered to me, I ask for the courage to reach out to another person who has been hurt by disapproval or negative emotions coming from others.

I ask my Higher Power to help me offer the gift of attentive listening as others share their experiences and feelings, and to help me be part of the answer instead of part of their problems.  “I put my hand in yours and together we can do what we could never do alone.”

— Robin D.

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