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A Potent and Positive Influence

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After I’d been in OA about two months, stayed abstinent for more than thirty days, and finished my first three Steps, my meeting had a step-up ceremony. During it, my sponsor declared me ready to sponsor and gave me a sponsorship guide manual she’d assembled. “Sponsoring is a way of living Step Twelve,” she said. I thought, “Why do I even have to consider this? Couldn’t I just keep working the Steps, report my food to my sponsor, lose weight, and not bother with the rest?” But I’d also read in Appendix C of Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition that “When

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