Tonight what I witnessed on the recovery zoom meeting was absolutely priceless.
The meeting I typically go on has at least 100 addicts on it at a time. It is based out of New York City but people from all over the world are on it.
Some peoples screens are blacked out. But many have their video on so you can see about 25-30 faces at once in their little squares.
Well one addict who called herself Bobba ( a name I am not familiar with) raised her hand to share. Her screen was blacked out but you could hear her strong southern accent as she started to speak.
She was a little slow to the go lets say. She asked if we all could wait while she shut her door because of the background noise. So the host of the meeting kindly said ok. Bobba came back and then was asking how she could turn her video on.
The crowd of addict faces that I could see were annoyed and impatiently shaking their heads. I do not typically generalize about anybody – however….addicts tend not to be a very patient lot. I have seen old timers at in person meetings slam their keys repeatedly on a table if someone was talking to long.
Ok so the host walks Bobba through turning on her video and then poof…she was there.
An incredibly beautiful dark skinned woman with curlers in her hair and a green polka dotted bathrobe on and a smile to just die for. She beamed!
She apologized for the delay and explained she was 80 years old and technology was not her strong suit. She said she has been held up in her apartment for 3 years now due to Covid.
She explained her last living pet just passed. She was feeling very lonely. But she wanted to share that on a previous Christmas she had a son that passed away. Bobba thought that could be triggering her sadness as well.
This woman…was not showing pity for herself. She was showing incredible strength. She said she learned in recovery to tell on herself, to connect with others and then to make a gratitude list. Things she was still doing to this day.
This ladies spirit just blew me away. You could hear it in her voice and just feel her kindness coming through. As she ended her share she was talking about some Alabama football team she was super excited to go and watch on tv.
She thanked us all and then that was that. Another beautiful recovering soul living their life.