Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Yesterday one of our managers received a great lesson in attitude. A few days previously his doctor had given him a prescription for a blood draw. When he showed up at the local clinic he found that there was a forty minute wait. Because he was busy he decided to do it the next day.

Someone had told him about a blood draw clinic that was a few miles further away, one that had a shorter wait. He made plans to use that clinic. But when he showed up he was in for a surprise. When he entered the clinic parking lot it was full of cars. And when he entered the building he found that the line was longer than the one at the place he visited the previous day.

He commented aloud about the length of the line to no one in particular.

"Oh, the line is short today" the lady in front of him said after she heard his remark. "Usually it's much longer than this, we'll be there in no time."
Immediately the manager realized that the whole thing was a matter of attitude.

"Thank you for that," he told the lady. "You just helped me restart my day." Then he said to himself, "thank you, God, for the lesson."

Many times those of us in recovery go at full speed. We want everything our way, and we want it right now!

Sometimes we need to just slow down and enjoy the moment. And if we believe in God, then everything is just as it should be right now.