I had wanted to give service in any way I could. When there were no abstinent people available for a position on the intergroup board for our region, I offered to take up a position that I had thought I could do. I did not think my attention deficit disorder would be a problem, because I knew how to write up meeting minutes and others could fill in the gaps.

It soon became obvious to others, however, that I was not able to fulfill the role. They were virtually taking the minutes for me. I am thankful now for the person who asked me to consider whether I was the right person for the position. At first, I was hurt, angry, and confused. I spoke to others about the matter, and I did not handle it well.

Several years have gone by since then, and my Higher Power and the Steps and Traditions of OA have worked a transformation in my thinking. Just because there is a need, does not mean I must fill it. Now, I recognize my limitations and do what I can where I can without looking for service positions. I still go to intergroup board for our region. As I grow older, I am doing less, but I am still grateful for OA and the program, which has helped me live a sane and joyful life.

— Anonymous

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