Many of us are conscious of how our active addiction impacts our friends and families. When we’re obsessing about food or trying to hide our stash or the wrappers and cartons, we’re not fully available. And when we’ve numbed out from eating, we’re not really present to our lives or those around us.
With the world as difficult as it is now—shootings, terrorism, immigration unrest, climate change—the world needs our concern and our consciousness more than ever. We can only bring that consciousness to those around us if we aren’t obsessing about food, if we are willing to stay abstinent and stay present to our lives. We may not be able to solve the world’s problems, but we can take a step in the right direction by solving this one of our own.
How might seeing your abstinence as service change things for you?