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I was complaining recently to my sponsor about the religious language of the Eleventh Step Prayer (AA Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 99), and she suggested I rewrite it in language that is meaningful to me. Perhaps this version will speak to other compulsive overeaters:

Higher Power, help me to convey the peace of mind you have given me.

Where I find hatred, I can show love.
Where I find wrong, I can show the spirit of forgiveness.
Where I find discord, I can encourage 
harmony.
Where I find error, I can speak truth.
Where doubt exists, I can 
demonstrate my faith.
When despair is felt, I can be 
hopeful.
Where there are shadows, I can 
be a light.
Where sadness exists, I can 
bring joy.

Higher Power, help me to be a comfort to others.
Instead of always seeking comfort, 
help me to be understanding.
Instead of wanting to be understood, help 
me to be loving,
Whether or not I am loved in return.

By removing myself from the center of the universe,
I find untold rewards in caring 
about others.
By forgiving others first, I find them to be 
more forgiving of my shortcomings.
Thus, when I die, my spirit can live on
In the joy and peace I have contributed to 
those around me.

Amen.

— Anonymous

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