Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 900-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 30th year of recovery.

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

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Equalizer

I think this pandemic is probably going to be the greatest equalizer our world has seen in the last century.

Soon, a realization will come upon us that we have a common enemy.  One that so far we haven't been able to do much about.  Instead, some people write it off as a governmenet conspiracy, a plot by China, poor management by Donald Trump, or maybe even the fury of an angry God spanking a corrupt world for it's sins.

We see some of this in the way political parties are are blaming the other side for the whole mess.  It's those damn Democrats.  No, it's the Republicans.  But the reality is that when we get to the bottom line is that it's nobody's fault, but also everyone's fault.  And that we're going to have to work together like never before.  And forget blame and fault as they serve no purpose.

I've heard people say that no one can force them to wear a mask or social distance.  That it was against their constitutional rights.

And that may be true.  But they might have a different attitude when they pass this virus to a family member who doesn't surive.  Will they be so cavalier when they express and exercise their constitutional rights?

Even members of the 12-step  programs, who have been fighting a common enemy for years have adapted to wearing masks and social distancing.  At meetings they stay six feet apart and they wear masks.  Their fight for survival has taught them a lot that non-addicts and social drinkers could likely benefit from.  They have learned that if they want to live they must follow a few simple rules and have found that their lives become worth livng.