|When I get writer’s block, often I will pull out a dictionary and read the definition of the word I am pondering to break it down to its simplest components. When I looked up COMMUNITY it was defined as “a social, religious or occupational group, sharing common characteristics and perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists”. Our distinct problem, compulsive eating, is the focus of our concern and our meetings bring together people from very disparate backgrounds. Thankfully, in the fellowship’s eyes we are all equal even though we come from every social, economic and religious group. In our community we are accepted for what we are. We can take off our masks and let down our defenses because we are among people who understand and care about us.
I, like many of us, am an isolationist. Most of the time I practiced my disease when I was alone, feeling very much apart from the rest of the world. I didn’t think that anyone would understand or relate to me. Yet in OA I found that I could be totally honest about myself and still be accepted unconditionally. I was never meant to face this disease in isolation. I was meant to open up so I might learn to truly love others and myself as well. I needed to learn to ask other people for help and let HP speak to me through my OA compadres.
Today I give thanks for OA as HP’s healing power comes to me through a caring community of other compulsive eaters. If I listen closely in meetings I hear or say something I need to learn; therefore, I am grateful for this program and its fellowship.
The primary purpose of Tri-County Intergroup is to aid those with the problem of compulsive eating through the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous, and to serve and represent the OA groups from which the Intergroup is formed.
Tri-County Intergroup generally meets at 10:30 A.M. on the first Saturday of each month.