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Before OA I said, “Tomorrow I will finally get this right.” Today I say, “Help me make this the best day possible.”

Before OA I reacted to life and let circumstances create outcomes. Today I can see options in the middle of any situation.

Before OA I mindlessly filled my mouth. Today I mindfully fill my heart.

Before OA I could not stop eating certain foods no matter how much pain they caused me. Today I can let go of these foods even when I am in pain.

Before OA if I tried something new and it didn’t work, I was a failure. Today when I try a new approach, I learn something about myself, no matter the outcome.

Before OA I was constantly surrounded by people but was always alone. Today I am never alone regardless of how many people are in the room.

Before OA I stood in front of a room full of people and made a grand performance for you. Today I can stand in that same room and just be me for me.

Before OA I had only two choices when a problem presented itself: fight or flight. Today I move through life’s challenges one Step at a time until I have taken all twelve of them. By then the solution is clear.

Before OA I was stuck in the past and worried about the future. Today I can sit in comfort with what is happening.

Before OA I owned a measuring stick. It grew every day, and I used it as a whip. Today I grow each day, and my Higher Power keeps track of the rest.

Before OA life was all or nothing, good and bad, black and white. Today I live in life’s vibrant colors that lie in between.

Before OA I wondered where I was when life’s instruction book was handed out. Today I feel privileged to own my own, sometimes underused, but always available copy, the Big Book.

— Les D., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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