Luxury problems 3/12

There are many reasons why I go to recovery meetings. But the one that stood out last night was regarding perspective.

When I sit in a meeting and all of the days worries fall off of me…I listen.

I listen to others share their pain, their joy and their indifference. I listen to people who are seeking to feel better and/or to comfort another with their experiences.

Last night an addict named Joe shared how he was once homeless – shoeless and walking the streets spending every dime he could get his hands on his addiction.

He didn’t have shoes…and he would beg, borrow and steal to get his drugs.

Joe has been clean for some time now. His said his life is exactly what he dreamed of as a child. He has a beautiful wife, a home and three healthy children. He told us that as a kid all he wanted was to be a dad. And today he is one…a clean one.

He also shared how he was in the grocery store the other day and he had a fit that toothpaste was $4.00 dollars!!

This made us all laugh…he had come from not even having shoes and spending insane amounts of money on drugs…to being upset over the cost of toothpaste.

He chuckled and said “Luxury problems!”

Published by gracefuladdict

I am a true addict living my life one day at a time in recovery. I have been substance free -meaning NO drugs or alcohol since 5/23/10. My intention is to share my experiences daily in the hopes to free others from the fears of being who they truly are. My wish is to bravely tell my truth so others can tell theirs as well. I want to be free of self hatred and doubt. I want to live a life of joy, kindness, love and grace. Thank you!

16 thoughts on “Luxury problems 3/12

  1. Perspective is a very profound thing Danielle, it can shake our boots…or our toothpaste. Building that wisdom in us all. Great post dear lady, but may we all, at least, afford a little toothpaste 😀❤️🙏🏽

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    1. He did not share that in this particular meeting but he has in the past…and it’s the same experience as all addicts – just different circumstances- we just had enough and surrendered 💗🙏💗


  2. I had a chuckle reading Joe’s story but also a feeling of sadness thinking about his journey. It’s so wonderful you have this group to support each other, Danielle.

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  3. Excellent reminder, Grace. When J and I get uptight over little stuff we’ll remind each other, this is “white people problems ” or “first world problems.” Perspective is EVERYTHING! Thanks for the reminder.

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  4. It’s the same with health. All other problems, especially monetary ones, pale in comparison when health becomes a concern. Since arthritis in my knees fell into the “severe” category…according to the latest X-rays…all other issues seem trivial. All I want to do now is walk my dog without pain.

    I am so glad Joe attained his dream of being a great Dad. We need all of those we can get!

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