I have been in OA for twenty-eight years. Before OA, I was a force to be dealt with, very carefully and with dread. I was filled with self-righteous indignation.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered indignation was just a synonym for resentment. That Step Four was a real eye-opener. It wasn’t everybody else’s fault after all.

Now I am so laid back that it is really difficult to get me riled. I figure if it isn’t something I have done and need to undo, God will take care of it. There is so much good in being a long timer, but there is also danger. I have found myself just gliding along, slipping and sliding. When we took up our new Tool, the action plan, my sponsor and I knew we needed something more definite than what we were doing. She came up with a “rigorous honesty sheet” to be filled in each day. It includes meditation, exercise (something my doctor fusses about), writing, and what you have put in your mouth.

This has brought our basic OA program back to us—no more slipping and sliding.

— Muriel M., Fayetteville, Tennessee USA

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