Sunday, February 08, 2009

Tradition 8 : Remaining Non-Professional

Tradition 8: Overeaters Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

When I saw this picture I thought how nice it would be if I could go to the doctor and him say something like this cartoon states. That would be a real switch! Normally they tell me I am too fat and need to lose weight. Just once I would love to have a doctor that didn't put the blame on food. If he did say that, he wouldn't be much of a doctor... would he? We don't pay doctors to just make us happy. We go to them so that they might heal our problems... or find some solution to ease it.

Within OA, if we went to a meeting and Mrs. OA was there (the one who knows all!), we wouldn't return to another meeting. We wouldn't feel at ease telling how we feel or what is bothering us. In OA, we come to meetings as equals. None of us are pros' at this. We have all tried and failed (at least once!). When we share our thoughts, we share what we have learned from others in the program and through our own personal experience. This is what happened, what I did, and how I am now. If that helps you... great! The reason I go to meetings is for me. Without meeting with other OA members, I am tempted to think I have recovered and can eat like a "normal" person.

However, OA service centers are different that meetings. That is the business end of OA. Would you want someone in charge of the business that had no business experience? I wouldn't. I would want someone in charge who is business savy, someone who can keep the business growing so I can keep coming back to my meetings! This is important to me, and hopefully to other OA members. We need each other and also others with expertise in the business end of the organization. We all have a place, somewhere we can be used to the max. It is up to us to find out where that is and just do it!

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