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.
I have a friend named Laura who I met when I first walked through the doors of recovery. She hugged me and we have been connected ever since.
Tragically and suddenly in August of 2019 she lost her daughter Alex. Alex was 22 years old and she did not wake up one morning…and things have never been the same.
The moment I heard of her passing I was sitting at my desk looking out the window in shock and I saw a white feather floating beautifully and gently through the air. I knew it was Alex getting her wings so to speak.
I occasionally receive visits in my dreams from this precious girl.One happened the other night and I will share with you the actual text messages between Laura and I.
It is so beautiful to me when we can connect with these angels on the other side. Thank you Alex for making your presence known.
Help another Take a hit of pain so that another person can correct or set themselves right Be a presence of kindness Love those that don’t feel loved Fall down Get back up Connect with the sweet energy that nature provides Connect with the deceased to reinforce my eternal nature Create Laugh Let them know god exists Have fun Be happy Enjoy it ALL