Recovery Means Living a Life With a Purpose and Commitment
Often times helping others can be an exciting new adventure for all involved. I read yesterday about an organization that helps the homeless by having them run. It is called “Back on My Feet.” By helping the homeless become runners, the group is giving each person the chance to feel better mentally and physically. It has chapters all over the Us and has many jobs available. From the website, I learned that it was founded in 2007 and has 75% of members maintaining 90% attendance at morning runs.
I learned about this group while reading another amazing site: One Day One Job. You can get jobs by email from this site with a new employer featured each day and jobs available from this employer. The site has 1665 entry level employers. I believe the site is most valuable because it introduces readers to all types of job opportunities they may not have known about before the email.
1. From Jess (Journey in the Spirit of hope): “Fitting In”:
I read Delivering Happiness a few weeks ago. It is the manifesto of Tony Hseih, the man who along with a few close business partners, founded a community, just as many successful communities are founded. He became quite successful working hard, but found in the end that hard work and trying are…less than satisfactory. He found that the real key was in the mission, the dedication to self-less service. He learned from past mistakes and grew from them. The team was built as a culture, a service culture. Not just picking individuals for their skills, but in his realization that the culture that you are creating in building that team is much more important than any individuals skills, that the inspiration to greatness comes from a certain attitude, and with that attitude you cannot fail.
Living for a common goal of helping and serving in a common bond with others is key to success.
So today, lets not ask “what would bill or bob do?”
Today lets ask God what he would have us be, and really really sit with that
2. From Hummingbird (al-anon journal): “Laundry”:
I recently started a writing class that takes me a full hour to get to each week. I know that if I leave an hour and fifteen minutes before class, I can walk in calmly, present in the moment, and enjoy taking time to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Two weeks ago, I was behind in my work and felt guilty about going to class. I got caught up in the work and pushed my time window way too close, leaving only 55 minutes before class. I raced all the way there, stressing, and talking on my cellphoneto clients from my car. Like the writer of today’s passage said, I was trying “to rush to an encounter with serenity”. As I pulled up to the parking structure, I narrowly missed an elderly pedestrian in the crosswalk and had a brisk awakening. The man was justifiably surprised and angry, and I had to stop and do a Tenth Step, right there in the driveway.
As I mouthed an apology to the man I nearly killed, Al-Anon slogans ran through my head like a ticker tape. “Easy Does It.” “First Things First.” “Keep it Simple.” Words that I used to think were trite, bubbling to the surface of my crazy day. I had to acknowledge the irony. It’s no mistake that the slogans are simple because, when we need to hear them most, we are so caught up in our own heads that they haveto be simple in order to get through.
I know that recovery is not to be found on a racetrack. I cannot multitask my way into serenity any more than Kelly Ripa can purchase an appliance to deliver it. The only way I’m going to find serenity is if I practice the principles of Al-Anon in allmy affairs. Old habits die hard with me and I have a stubborn resistance to change. I know I’m getting closer, though, because at least I’m starting to notice when the laundry basket is on my head.
3. From no author listed (Spiritual River to Recovery): “Discovering Exercise and Fitness as a Way to Overcome Alcoholism and Drug Addiction”:
For one thing, I found that a lot of people who I looked up to in recovery (those who seemed to be really successful in their program that I saw at 12 stepmeetings and such) were typically into some form of exercise. They were active people. They did not just sit around and allow their bodies to atrophy.
Second of all, I found some organizations such as “Racing for Recovery” that were based entirely on the idea that exercise could overcome drug or alcohol addiction. Here was a group of people who used the trainingfor marathons and triathlons as their primary means of staying clean and sober. How were they doing this? So I did some reading about them and found out that many people did in fact work this sort of recovery program.
They relied entirely on exercise as their means of staying clean and sober. Work out, feel good. Train for big races, achieve goals, feel good about yourself. This was their entire model for success in overcoming addiction. And while I am sure that it does not work for everyone, here was an entire organization with a real following and so it was plain to see that it was at least working for some people. Thus there had to be something to it. Exercise was important.