Words of Wisdom From Atiya

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
     -Step Six

An OA group ought never endorse, finance or lend the OA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
     -Tradition Six

As I finished my walk, I thought about Step Six.  It is one of the steps (the other being Eight) that calls for taking time to be still and reflect.  The action of Step Six can be considered inaction – learning how to pause and think before I act; learning how to sit with myself and my discomforts.  Before I can move on to Step Seven, I first use Step Six to begin to accept those parts of myself that I began to learn about in Steps Four and Five.  Usually, it was the parts of myself that were buried away (under fat and fear).  

Step Six reminds me that healing is a process and that it takes time.  This is where Tradition Six can come into play.  Tradition Six helps me to establish boundaries.  Not everything is for me or about me.  As my recovery takes time, I need to leave some things alone, to focus on my business.  If I am focusing on outside distractions (and I can be distracted by almost anything) it will seem as if I don’t have time for my own business (my recovery; my life).    
Today I am willing to sit with myself.  

Atiya M.Durham, NC, USA919-302-1030 (no text messages please)myserenitymypeace@hotmail.com