The Awesomeness of Recovery
Undoubtedly there are more than three reasons that recovery is awesome but I’m going to take my top three favorites. I’m not even going to use “being sober” as one of those reasons because, let’s be honest, not everyone that’s sober is in recovery. You know who I’m talking about, they are so dry you don’t want to light a match around them lest they burst into flames. Father Martin (Chalk Talk excerpt) used to say you could always tell a dry drunk, not by looking at them, but by looking at the people around them because they’ll be walking on eggshells.
So let’s look at some awesomeness!
The feeling of being part of something bigger than ourselves. The connectedness that you have being around a group of people in recovery is sometimes a palpable feeling. Have you ever walked into a room and saw your friends in recovery and your heart just swells? We share a common problem but more importantly we share a common solution. We are on this path together. These are real friendships! You know that these people have your back no matter what. You can share your problems, cry on their shoulders, share your good news and know you have a group of prayer warriors in your corner.
Are Recovery and Generosity Synonymous? You Betcha!
Have you ever noticed how giving people in recovery are? I’m not talking about monetarily, I’ve seen too many 12 step meetings fold due to lack of funds to make such a bold statement (don’t shoot the messenger). What I’m talking about is the giving of their time and their experience. Those are priceless resources! For any group to be successful it needs people to:
- A) Be a part of the group
- B) Help run the group
Now finding people to show up to events, workshops and retreats is my job. I send out the emails, post on social media, make and print flyers and
posters but we need volunteers to spread the word. At our SERVICE BEYOND SELF: Volunteer Sign-up dinner 17 people signed up to announce A2WG events at meetings they attend and bring flyers to those meetings (see pic). Now there are over 25 people out there spreading the word about recovery events which can strengthen women’s sobriety. The more women we can reach, the more women we can help!