The WSO staff creates Lifeline from OA members’ letters. Monthly topics are suggestions. You may write about any subject important to your recovery from compulsive eating. Send your letters to Lifeline, PO Box 44020, Rio Rancho, NM 87174-4020 or email.
See the monthly Lifeline topics below
- Stepping Out, Service with a Smile, Living Traditions and Taking the Spiritual Path: we always need stories related to these themes.
- Newcomers Corner: newcomers, share your OA experiences and concerns.
- OA Around the World: give us a history of OA in your country or area; current information on the number of service boards, intergroups and groups; significant accomplishments; and two or three short pieces from local members. Please send your history today!
- Generally Speaking (general OA topics) and How OA Changed My Life
- Main Attraction: share your successes with public information and attraction.
- Ask-It Basket, For Discussion and Web Links
- Share It runs only if sufficient material is available.
Lifeline accepts letters, artwork and photos (no faces, please) for publication. Credit lines and rights to submitted work apply equally to articles, artwork and photos. The WSO does not return submitted materials. Lifeline may edit articles and crop photos. Lifeline promotes “unity with diversity” regarding the race, nationality, gender, age, physical challenges and sexuality of its writers.
Please submit articles at least three and a half months prior to the first day of the month of publication. Deadlines appear in parentheses next to topics. Indicate the topic and month for which you are submitting the article. Typed letters by mail, fax or e-mail are preferred. Letters must contain the author’s name and address, even if the author wishes to remain anonymous in print. Thank you.
December (Deadline: 8/15/14)
Service: Raise Your Hand; Raise Your Recovery
How has service aided your progress to recovery? How has it helped you maintain your recovery? Which service position has been the most challenging, how did you meet the challenges, and what did you learn?
How has being abstinent helped you to be a better sponsor? How does not being abstinent impede your ability to sponsor? As a sponsee who has experienced both an abstinent and nonabstinent sponsor, how would you describe the impact of an abstinent versus a nonabstinent sponsor?
The Concepts of Service: How They Helped Me and Improved My Program
What are the Concepts of Service, and how have they helped your life? How have they furthered your program? Which Concept has had the greatest impact?
By order of importance (with one being most and 10 being least), list 10 things that helped you in one of the following areas and explain briefly why: achieving abstinence; maintaining a healthy weight; recovering from relapse; growing closer to or finding a Higher Power; mending relationships; achieving emotional recovery; carrying the message; overcoming isolation; developing a positive body image; creating a workable, sustainable action plan; overcoming character defects; maintaining abstinence in difficult situations; developing strong meetings; attracting, keeping newcomers; developing self-esteem; sponsoring effectively; achieving serenity. Include such things as an action, Step, piece of OA literature, Tradition, service position, sponsor, etc.
January (Deadline: 9/15/14)
Using the Action Plan Instead of New Year’s Resolutions
How is the action plan tool more useful to you than New Year’s resolutions? How do you set goals and make life changes now that you started working the OA program of recovery?
How OA Changed My Life
Describe your physical, emotional and/or spiritual life before and after being in OA.
February (Deadline: 10/15/14)
Carrying the OA Message to Diverse Groups
What is your experience with carrying the OA message to people of a different age, gender, race or culture than yours? How did you overcome any reluctance, fear or shame? How did discovering your common bond impact you? How do the concepts “We are the message” and “Attraction, not promotion” fit into carrying the message to diverse groups?
February 28 is Unity Day, when OA members pause to reaffirm the strength inherent in OA’s unity. What does being part of the worldwide Fellowship of OA mean to you and your recovery? Unity is the spiritual principle of Tradition One. Share your experience, strength and hope as it relates to Tradition One.
Lifeline: An OA Service
What is the role of Lifeline magazine in your recovery? How has giving service by writing for Lifeline helped you? Describe a time when someone else’s Lifeline story helped you.
March (Deadline: 11/15/14)
Sponsorship: Having a Sponsor, Being a Sponsor
What did having a sponsor do for your recovery? What did becoming a sponsor do? What are your responsibilities as a sponsee? As a sponsor? How have your responsibilities as a sponsee guided you? How have your responsibilities as a sponsor guided you?
Gems From My Sponsor
Share the gems of wisdom and inspiration from your sponsor that have had a profound impact on your recovery.
April (Deadline: 12/15/14)
The Steps Made Simple
What strategies did you use to make working all Twelve Steps manageable? How did you break down the large task of working all Twelve Steps into smaller pieces? How did you “Keep it simple” while working the Twelve Steps? What is the importance of working all Twelve Steps? What role does working the Twelve Steps more than once play?
How did you learn about the Step Principles? How do you practice the Step Principles? How have the Step Principles helped your recovery?
May/June (Deadline: 1/15/15)
Lessons From Relapse
What led to relapse for you? What did your experience of relapse teach you about the disease of compulsive eating? How did OA’s membership requirement, “a desire to stop eating compulsively” as stated in Tradition Three, help you come out of relapse?
Twelfth Step Within
Describe your experience giving Twelfth-Step-Within service by encouraging existing OA members to become or remain abstinent, work the Twelve Steps and give service to the best of their ability. How did you find the willingness to give this important service? What did you do to be available and to support OA members in relapse? Twelfth-Step-Within Day is December 12. Share your ideas for events OA groups can start working on now to be ready.
July (Deadline: 3/15/15)
Write on any topic that is meaningful to you.
August (Deadline: 4/15/15)
My First OA Meeting
What finally got you to your first OA meeting? What do you remember most about your first OA meeting?
Strong, Healthy Meetings
What are the hallmarks of a strong, healthy meeting? What practices and principles can members encourage in their meetings to strengthen them?
Share your favorite meeting moments and best ideas for meetings full of fun, love and recovery.
September (Deadline: 5/15/15)
Changing Relationships: the “New Normal”
How have your relationships changed in recovery? What role did accepting your addiction for yourself play? What helped your family and friends accept it for themselves? What is your “new normal”?
Setting Healthy Boundaries
How do you set healthy boundaries in your relationships with loved ones and friends? How do you set healthy boundaries at work and at home? Share your experience, strength and hope for establishing healthy boundaries.
October (Deadline: 6/15/15)
Character Defects: An Examined Life
How did you break through denial and fear to face and acknowledge your character defects? What character defect has been the most troublesome and caused the greatest threat to your recovery? What role has the tool of writing played in coming to terms with character defects?
Serenity in a Nonstop World
What is the role of serenity in your program? What are the benefits of serenity? When does the Serenity Prayer help you most?
November/December (Deadline: 7/15/15)
Great Big Gratitude List
It’s time to count our blessings together! Describe the gifts of the program you have received and share your gratitude for these gifts.
What role does gratitude play in your recovery? How did gratitude open your eyes to the gifts of the program? What has been your experience with keeping a gratitude list?
International Day Experiencing Abstinence is November 21, encouraging OA members worldwide to begin or reaffirm their abstinence from compulsive eating. Share your experience, strength and hope related to starting and maintaining abstinence.
Celebrate the Season
How do you maintain abstinence during holidays and celebrations? Share your strategies for shifting the focus away from food, dealing with triggers and joining in the fun.
How are holidays in OA different? Share your stories, inspiration and reflections on living the Twelve Steps in times of celebration.