OA Slogans

These are some saying that have been heard at OA meetings and other 12-step program meetings for many years:

Heard at the OA Birthday Party in Los Angeles:

  • If you don't want to have to turn it over, don't pick it up.
  • There is a bottom below that the bottom I know.
  • Zero is easier than one.
  • If you can take it or leave it, you can have it.
  • OA is not about losing weight just as AA is not about rehabilitating livers.
  • A decision without action is a fantasy.
  • Insanity is the inability to remember with sufficient force the pain and suffering caused by compulsive overeating.

Other wisdom heard at 12-Step Meetings that are not exactly "sayings":

  • Living in the present means not having conversations with people who are not in the room.
  • Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous.
  • Failing to plan is planning to fail.
  • As a compulsive overeater, if I make food an option, it will always be the only option.
  • Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery, Today is a gift - that's why they call it the Present.
  • On Steps 6/7: I am convinced God removes my character defects by making them glaringly obvious when I engage in them - unlike before the program when I was oblivious to them.
  • If you focus on the weight, you will lose the recovery; if you focus on the recovery, you will lose the weight.
  • The symptom is physical, the problem is emotional, the solution is spiritual.
  • It is Alcoholism, not Alcoholwasm
  • You only have to change one thing - that is everything.
  • For every diet there is an equal but opposite binge.
  • ISM = Incredibly Short Memory.
  • The will of God will not lead me where the Grace of God will not protect me.
  • You can be right or you can be happy.

    • We come to the program to feel better.

We feel anger better

We feel sadness better

We feel all the other emotions better

And, eventually, we feel joy better too.