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Thought for the Day
Thursday, OCT. 19

From the book: Food for Thought

To Abstain Is to Live


If we do not abstain from compulsive overeating, we do not live - we merely survive. Without abstinence, joy and creativity fade and we are left with only the effort of getting from one day to the next. We remember the despair of living without the OA program, and we are grateful that we have been given a reprieve from our former misery.

Abstaining is what we do each day in order to live the life our Higher Power intends us to have. There are good days and bad days and mediocre days. As long as we abstain from compulsive overeating, we are able to accept our passing moods and the events of each day with inner serenity. We make progress in our activities and in our understanding. We are alive to the possibilities of each moment.

To abstain requires that we choose a long-term satisfaction rather than a short-lived indulgence. To abstain is to walk with our Higher Power in the way He shows us.

Thank You for the power to abstain.
My power comes from my God. When I surrender my day to Him, I am empowered to do what I need to do to abstain from eating disorder. I have to give it to Him. As I like to say, "Surrender isn't giving up, it is giving over." It is an action word. It isn't a thought, it is about me surrendering my disease to Him daily.

Better to fill up with blessings instead of food.

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