Happy June!

In honor of June, the 6th month, I am posting the 6th step prayer.

Sixth Step Prayer

Dear God,
I am ready for Your help
In removing from me the defects of character
Which I now realize are an obstacle to my recovery.
Help me to continue being honest with myself &
Guide me toward spiritual & mental health.

BR Mon and Sat meeting news…

On Monday, June 6 and Saturday, June 11, the Baton Rouge meetings will be on ZOOM ONLY!
The Church where face to face meetings are held is hosting their vacation bible school this week, so the room we use will not be available. If you have any questions, please contact Aleta @ 225-753-2739 about the Monday meeting or Pat F. @ 225-921-3974 about the Saturday meeting.

The Monday and Saturday meetings will return to hybrid on Monday June 13.

05/29/22

Hello OAers!

Hope you’re enjoying this weather. In Baton Rouge, it’s really cold. Just kidding it’s hot. The only difference is that the humidity is not high. I was talking among my other OAers and evidently there’s a saying that you know you’re working your program by how worn out your Big Book is. So I took pictures of a long-timer’s Big Book. Have a nice day.

5/23/22

Did you know that there is a prayer for each step. Since this is the fifth month I’ll post the fifth step prayer:

Fifth Step Prayer

Higher Power,
My inventory has shown me who I am,
Yet I ask for Your help
In admitting my wrongs to another person & to You.
Assure me, & be with me, in this Step,
For without this Step I cannot progress in my recovery.
With Your help, I can do this, & I do it.

March 3, 2022

A post from Atiya:

“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood ….”

I was out walking and the above came to mind in part because of the weather. It is simply gorgeous out. And also, because I recently heard someone share about the recovery quip: “Your mind is a dangerous neighborhood; don’t go into it alone.”  Yet, because of my daily spiritual practices, which this morning included attending meetings, my mind is cleared of dangerous thoughts. Right now, it is a safe place for me to be.

For many years, I have understood sanity to be not an elimination of unhealthy thoughts but the ability to distinguish healthy thoughts from unhealthy ones.  What makes the neighborhood of my mind beautiful today is that through my spiritual practices, I can recognize any unhealthy or dangerous thoughts. I am not responsible for my first thought. I am responsible for my second thought and my first action.

The daily work enables me to recognize my thinking as my own and to avoid being frightened by it, even when dangerous or unhealthy thoughts may come. 

Thank you for reading me today. May we all be well and have a beautiful day!

Atiya M.
Durham,  NC, USA

January 20, 2022

Hello fellow oa’ers. I referred to this fable in a meeting recently. I thought it fit in with OA. Enjoy!

An old man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered them to bring in a bundle of sticks, and said to his eldest son: “Break it.”

The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the bundle. The other sons also tried, but none succeeded.

“Untie the bundle,” said the father, “and each of you take a stick.” When they had done so, he told them: “Now, break,” and each stick was easily broken

Sticks in a bundle can’t be broken but sticks taken singly can be easily broken. Same applies to people.

There is strength in union.

Aesop For Children (The Bundle of Sticks)

A certain Father had a family of Sons, who were forever quarreling among themselves. No words he could say did the least good, so he cast about in his mind for some very striking example that should make them see that discord would lead them to misfortune.

One day when the quarreling had been much more violent than usual and each of the Sons was moping in a surly manner, he asked one of them to bring him a bundle of sticks. Then handing the bundle to each of his Sons in turn he told them to try to break it. But although each one tried his best, none was able to do so.

The Father then untied the bundle and gave the sticks to his Sons to break one by one. This they did very easily.

“My Sons,” said the Father, “do you not see how certain it is that if you agree with each other and help each other, it will be impossible for your enemies to injure you? But if you are divided among yourselves, you will be no stronger than a single stick in that bundle.”

Moral

In unity is strength.

Anne B

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