August 18, 2021
Tradition Seven: Every OA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
“Taking responsibility is a meaningful sign of spiritual and emotional growth.”
— Voices of Recovery, September 8.
When a basket gets passed at a meeting or the meeting treasurer posts a donation link in the chat window, it reminds me that this program exists because of the contributions of its members, and I have a responsibility to give in my turn as well. When I can give money, I give money, but there have been times over the years where I couldn’t give as much as I wanted to. So I gave time by taking service positions. Being self-supporting keeps us strong and free of outside influences. Applying this tradition to my own life, I have worked hard to be self-supporting there too. Certainly I need the support of loving friends during difficult times, and I lean heavily on my Higher Power all the time, but even then, I have a responsibility to do my part. I need to pick up the phone. I need to share what’s going on. I need to be willing to do the work, even if it’s just a tiny bit. I need to show up. I am grateful this tradition exists to keep our meetings going and help me keep going too.
Journal Prompt: How does this tradition apply to my own life? Am I taking responsibility? If not, why not? Have I contributed to the OASV Intergroup to help ensure that all our meetings continue and sustain?
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