What a wonderful treat was there for those of us who chose to give ourselves the gift of attending the New Year’s Day Brunch. We were offered a “fresh start” to 2012, together with others in the fellowship of Overeaters Anonymous.
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It was a day for the name “Rose” as Rose G offered her talents to MC the event. Our speaker, Rosie H, graciously flew up from Mesa, Arizona to share her comeback story of 25+ years in recovery. She mentioned that one of the things she did “right” was to keep coming back. Her perseverance and ever present enthusiasm, encouraged many of us to reflect on our own journey and what we might do to strengthen our own program.
Her selfless candor and honesty about not wanting, at different times, to be part of OA; the price of the forever growing weight gain as a result of her leaving each time, and the self hatred that continued to undermine her efforts to stay abstinent, were touched on. Everyone seemed to relate to the obstacles she described.
We were in for several treats this year. MaryAnn, Marion and Marilyn, who made up the “Steppettes,” shared a couple of familiar songs, whose altered words brought enjoyment to those in attendance. Marilyn again shared her song “Little Bit By Very, Very Little Bit,” which is becoming a “regular” at our brunches. Mark M. helped end the event with his amazing musical version of Rozanne’s Prayer.
Thanks go out to the Sheraton Denver West for providing a wonderful venue for our celebration, and all those who stepped up to do the work to make this yearly event happen.
Finally, thanks to Jim C. for recording and editing the event so that those who were there can enjoy it again and those who weren’t have an opportunity to share the experience, strength and hope offered at this wonderful OA kickoff to 2012.
Amy K. Introduction and Guest Speaker Rosie Shares on Recovery, Relapse and Back Again
OA Members’ Share and Mark M. performs his musical interpretation of Rozanne’s Prayer.