The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Mahatma Gandhi
The last few days I have been reading and hearing a lot about the importance of service in recovery. As usual, the first few times I disregarded the signs… after all, I am so new to recovery, what could I possibly offer in terms of service? But, God is persistent, and He finally has my attention, so I started reading a bit, and contemplating. As it turns out, I have a lot to offer.
First, because I have more than 90 days clean and sober, I can, and should be, regularly looking to “chair” the meetings I attend, which means I sit at the front of the room and lead the group through the format of the meeting, sharing my thoughts and guiding others to do the same. This is an obvious component to service that I have overlooked.
But there are smaller, simpler ways that I can be of service that my naturally self-deprecating inclinations have caused me to disregard. Yesterday a woman was in the meeting I attended, and she cried through most of the meeting. I did not know her, and did not want to impose myself on her, so I went about my business. I gave a friend a ride home and happened to ask if she knew the woman who was crying. She did not, but she did know that the woman has been chronically relapsing, and was trying to get a handle on the program. I thought about her the rest of the day, and realized that I could have been of great service to her yesterday. I am very familiar with the idea of wanting recovery, but continually falling back into old habits.
Now that I have a few months, there are things I could share, things which would absolutely benefit the newcomer. It is time for me to realize I am not the newest member in the room, and that I have a responsibility to give back what was so freely given to me. This realization is, first, an absolute miracle, and second, an awesome responsibility, one in which I look forward to fulfilling. Stay tuned…
Posted on May 24, 2012, in Recovery and tagged Clean and Sober, God, Health, Mahatma Gandhi, Meeting, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Support group, Twelve-Step Program. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.