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A Token of My Esteem

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To me, our Responsibility Pledge in OA means more than an arrangement to do something.

In Spanish, the word ‘compromiso’ (commitment) can also mean ‘pledge’ or ‘token.’ A pledge is a thing that is given as security, a guarantee of completion; it is liable to forfeiture in any case of non-completion. From OA, I received an awareness of abstinence and with it a new perspective of who I am.

Today, thanks to the unconditional support of my fellows in recovery, I am a better version of myself. Now I know my limits but do not try to fix myself; I understand that I am part of something greater than myself that I cannot explain—but which will help me overcome. Now I know my strengths and I feel a deep respect for them; I am very proud of myself. Now I live love and I can share it without fear. Why would I not pledge my life itself if it were necessary? I am a lover of OA, and I do not have to say anything, just extend my hands and my heart to all who still live as I lived before

— Anonymous

Una Prenda de mi Estima

Para mí, nuestro Compromiso de Responsabilidad en OA implica más que una promesa.

En español la palabra ‘compromiso’ signi ca ‘prenda.’ Una prenda es algo que se da como garantía de cumplimiento y está sujeta a la pérdida en caso de incumplimiento. De OA he recibido una abstinencia consciente y con ella una nueva perspectiva de quien soy.

Hoy gracias a la ayuda incondicional de mis compañeros en recuperación, soy una mejor versión de mi misma. Ahora conozco mis límites pero no trato de arreglarme yo misma; entiendo que soy parte de algo más grande que yo y que no puedo explicar, que me va a ayudar a superarme. Ahora conozco mis fortalezas y me respeto profundamente; estoy muy orgullosa de mi misma. Ahora vivo el amor y lo puedo compartir sin miedo. Como no voy a dar en prenda mi vida misma si es necesario. Soy una enamorada de OA y no tengo que decir nada, solo extender mis manos y mi corazón a todos aquellos que aún viven como yo vivía antes.

— Anónimo

Editor’s Note: OA’s 2016 Strategic Plan includes a focus on the Responsibility Pledge. is month’s board contribution appears in English and Spanish in recognition of OA’s diversity.

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