We all have heard the ancient saying that a house divided cannot stand. I see this happening throughout the world today; division seems to be a preferred way of life, though it seldom brings desired results.

In OA, we seek unity. Unity does not mean conformity. Through practicing the concept of unity, I have learned patience and openness; differences among us do not mean right and wrong, but only that one person prefers one solution over another. Imagine—two or more solutions to problems. Unity also means acceptance, though I have to keep in mind that my acceptance may not mean I like a situation or solution.

Here we are all united by the fact that we are compulsive eaters who have major problems with food. And we are not only united at this one meeting in this one room—we are united around the planet, united with compulsive eaters in other countries speaking other languages. It’s all quite remarkable!

The Twelve Traditions and Steps each have a spiritual aspect to them, and I have found this to be true: When I find spiritual solutions to my problems, those solutions seem to last. Thank you, OA unity.

—Sara F., Virginia USA

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