Why do service work?
Service is the Cornerstone of Step 12 & Our 5th Tradition
Fifth Tradition: Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to other codependents who still suffer.
People get involved in service for a lot of reasons. The most important reason of all is a guiding spiritual principle – gratitude. We understand that if it were not for the people who came before us that there would be no CoDA for us to attend, and so in gratitude we give care to the Fellowship that cares about us.
We remember what it was like when we first came to CoDA. We remember how we felt when we first realized that we are not alone in our codependency, that maybe we aren’t weird. We’re just codependent. We realize that there are other codependents who still suffer, and that others like us can have what we have… recovery. So in gratitude we give thanks by giving back,
Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other codependents, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
We are grateful to all the people who help keep our CoDA doors open, and we realize that we can help too. We’re grateful to the facilitators who run our meetings. We’re grateful to the secretaries and the treasurers and the organizers, to the people who run step studies and speaker meetings, to the speakers who teach us, to those with technical talents who run our virtual meetings and update our website, to those who are there to answer questions or will find those someone who can. We remember that no one gets paid for any of these things, that they do it because they’re grateful. We too are grateful for all of these, and we realize that we can help hold the door open for others too.
~Where the rubber meets the road~
Service work is where the rubber meets the road in recovery. It puts us in a space where, from the start, it is no longer easy to exert our own will because we are required to work with others. When we engage in CoDA service work, we actually learn to take care of ourselves. We see first hand how codependency rears its head in others and ourselves, and we learn how to deal with it. It gives us the opportunity to notice when we are exerting our own will, and to be able to practice letting go by and trusting in a Higher Power. It is a visible, tangible, undeniable declaration of our desire to put our recovery on the fast track.
Some of the opportunities listed herein have minimum service at a lower level, some do not. Please read the request carefully to decide which opportunity may be for you. Use your talents to make North Texas CoDA even better. Help make a difference by volunteering!
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For service role descriptions and open positions, click here
To sign up for a service position, please sign up using the Google Form here
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