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8/18/15 4:35 P

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
You are reading from the book Food for Thought
Self-Respect

When we were overeating, we did not have much self-respect. Because we felt guilty about the quantity of food we were consuming and the way we looked, we had a very poor self-image. Since we did not respect ourselves, we did not act in a way which evoked respect from others. We put ourselves down and allowed other people to use us.

Abstinence and the OA program produce a change, which is often astonishing. Our self-respect grows in direct proportion to the control we acquire. When we stop overeating and begin to live in accordance with the will of our Higher Power, we can accept and respect ourselves. Those around us respond to us differently as our own attitude improves.

What we realize is that self-respect and inner acceptance are more important than any external approval or disapproval. Instead of living for the admiration of others, we seek each day to follow the will of our Higher Power.

I am grateful for the self-respect OA has given me.
From Food for Thought: Daily Meditations for Overeaters by Elisabeth L. ©1980, 1992 by Hazelden Foundation.

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. ~Emilie Coue

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thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
- Abraham Lincoln

Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls.
-- Melody Beattie


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6/26/15 1:51 P

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“Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears.”
― Criss Jami

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. ~Emilie Coue

The best
thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
- Abraham Lincoln

Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls.
-- Melody Beattie


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4/27/15 1:55 P

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Monika, the Garden has truly touched me. Thank You & I am praying for you and your husband.

I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. ~Harlan Miller

Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better. ~Emilie Coue

The best
thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
- Abraham Lincoln

Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people's souls.
-- Melody Beattie


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2/8/15 8:08 P

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Monika, this has blessed me so much. I remember you as one of the very first SparkPersons who responded to my queries about sobriety in 2011 when I joined SparkPeople. It is ironical I find this again just as I planning on having a garden for the first time ever. My son made a new garden frame for me to celebrate my sobriety.....he is now sober too. What a family celebration this garden will be. And to have found this today as I was cruising the Team Page....THANK YOU

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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4/27/12 7:37 P

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hi, monika (corky the mom), havn't been on the computer lately, my husband just finished 45 tx for prostate cancer, stage 1 and he just had by-pass surgery on his femoral artery left leg, he is still in hospital, surgergery was 4/24/l2. two days in hospital and i can't believe it he developed bedsores, angry a about that. Just taking one day at a time. i just keep on repeating the serenity pray. looking to get back on track on my diet. may god bless you. what you wrote about the planting the garden was beautiful, brought a smile to my face. emoticon

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4/25/11 9:38 P

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love the garden emoticon ty

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4/24/11 9:41 P

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Kama is ready to take it all the way!


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4/23/11 4:30 P

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Thanks for that. I am going to copy and paste and send to a sponsee who will appreciate that.

Persevere. Even if you fall on your face, you have moved forward.

PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION.


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4/23/11 11:03 A

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Monika, That wa beautiful! Cherie

I,m Cherie, Been with sparker for 3 yrs, I like that I'm losing it slowly! Its a lifestyle!


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How is your garden growing? WHAT TO PLANT IN YOUR RECOVERY GARDEN OF DAILY LIVING:


emoticon PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:

1. Peace of mind.
2. Peace of heart.
3. Peace of soul.


emoticon PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:

1. Squash gossip.
2. Squash indifference.
3. Squash grumbling.
4. Squash selfishness.


emoticon PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

1. Lettuce be faithful.
2. Lettuce be kind.
3. Lettuce be patient.
4. Lettuce really love one another.


emoticon NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

1. Turnip for meetings.
2. Turnip for service.
3. Turnip to help one another.


emoticon TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:

1. Thyme for each other.
2. Thyme for family.
3. Thyme for friends.


WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MORE FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW!


~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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