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.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Doing the Insignificant

“Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it” Mohandas Gandhi 1869-1948

Someone used this saying from Mahatma Gandhi during a staff meeting last week. But what does it mean?

The consensus is that it means we each are part of a greater whole.

It's a philosophical idea that’s easier to explain from the context of our recovery program.

At TLC there are many moving parts. Some residents might do landscaping around the houses. Another could be on the phone helping newcomers find jobs. Still another will work in the accounting office doing data entry.

These jobs in themselves might seem insignificant. Yet each is necessary for the running of our organization.

And each of our 120 staff members is vital to the orderly operation of TLC.

So no matter what we do in the humdrum of our daily routine - no matter how seemingly trivial or boring - we must realize that the world wouldn't run as well without the roles each of us play.

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