Writing from FOR TODAY, January 1

“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning, but a going on with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”  Hal Borland

This is so true – we don’t graduate we just continue.  Hopefully continuing to learn and grow.  Growing a soul  is not a steady upward climb.  The bell curve has peaks and valleys.  The only thing that has remained constant for me over the last 3 decades is that the program is still here for me.

The service I do and the service others do large and small is the currency that keeps this program alive.

I still need to be here after 30 years.  I am still recognizing patterns in my life.  Some started decades ago before I had the words to say what made me uncomfortable.  Finding my voice has been part of the journey.

We all have to do our own work on this journey.  No pill or self-help gimmick can help me avoid that.  I can take a pass on growth for today but eventually it may come around again in a different dress.

Reaching a peace within – and living peacefully with others – that is gold to me. Surrender, acceptance and forgiveness are the keys to finding that peace.   I am glad that I know this for today.  It’s taken a long time to learn and I can’t hold on to this without my participation.  The reward for that effort is some great minutes when I feel like I am in right life.  I never had that before I came to the program.  And I would not have had the chance if people had not done service to bring the meetings to my area.  God bless those that came before us and those of us that are here today!  It’s always been a “we” program.

Happy New Year, Christina

OA is Everywhere

Good Morning. I just wanted to let you know that Saturday I saw something wonderful. As it was a beautiful fall day, I decided to go to Pt. Pleasant for the day with a friend of mine. As we were on the parkway, near the Arts Center, the billboard was on and there was an OA advertisement in bright lights! I smiled to myself and had an abstinent day. Just walked along the boards and by the water, not going into the candy shops that were still open. Had a healthy lunch and rejoiced to my self with my Maker that I was there and OA is everywhere. Just wanted to share that with you. Teri from Monday Aberdeen

PNC Arts Center Sign

As you are driving the Garden State Parkway, notice the sign at the PNC Arts Center. Your Intergroup has arranged to have this sign posted through the upcoming holiday season. Read more about it and see the actual sign:PNC LED Sign and history


It’s that time of year

Click on these links to get great ideas for getting through the upcoming holiday season. Be prepared; be abstinent; celebrate without relapse.

Holiday Tips
Staying SAFE and SANE Through the Holiday Season

Central Jersey Intergroup is turning 40 this year!!

Come celebrate with us at I.D.E.A. Day on November 15. Bring your memories to share during the day. OA IDEA DAY Flyer 2014

Overeaters Anonymous, Third Edition, is available at OA.org

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, THIRD EDITION (aka Brown Book or OA3) with Forty new recovery stories & Two new appendices: -Compulsive Overeating, Eating Disorders, and the Disease Concept -The Role of a Plan of Eating in Recovery from Compulsive Eating is available at: bookstore.oa.org

Heard at a Meeting

The literature never goes to voice mail.