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Time: Now; Place: Present

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When I started in OA, I worked a “diet” program and attended meetings. I did some service. We did not have much OA literature in 1977, so I dove into the AA Big Book with passion. I had heard of, and found, hope.

I was very damaged—emotional and spiritual recovery took many years. As time passed, my program of recovery evolved into an organized approach with lots of room for flexibility.

I am in this program for life. I sponsor others and I have my own sponsor; we do daily check-ins. I pray and meditate each morning. I journal, make outreach calls, and do service. I also plan my food. Over the years my health has changed. This requires me to be open-minded, flexible, and willing enough to change my food plan as my registered dietician and others require. I pray each time not to fear the unfamiliar and to accept that change is inevitable.

What has worked best for me, though, is learning to stay in the moment—to live in the now. Only the present is the time and place of my Higher Power. This has worked for me for many years. As someone who used to live either in the past or the “when if” future, I find living in the now is a gift beyond description.

— Anonymous

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