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.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Being Helpful

One Sunday a month we have a morning staff meeting. It's followed by a meal prepared at one of the houses.

It's chaired by the newest person elected to management, His or her job as chairperson is to pick a topic, then make sure everyone gets a chance to speak. And today, the new manager picked the topic: "Why I do the job I do each day."

I mean, after all, what kind of return does a person get from working long hours for little pay, providing services to a group of often ungrateful clients?

There was an array of responses, but one theme in particular kept arising more than any other.

 And that was that many of our managers said they'd never been happier in their lives. They said there was nothing more satisfying than helping others get sober, helping them to rebuild their lives.

For the first time in their lives they felt as if they were giving something to the world rather than always taking.