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 31st 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.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Helping Others

Finally the pandemic seems to be abating somewhat.  Some scientests have even said that if everyone would get the vaccince that's now available free almost everywhere it would be pretty much over within a matter of months.

Yet we read about people in all parts of the country who aren't sure that they want the vaccince - free or not. 

Now I'm the last person who believes that goverment should control our lives anymore than it already does.  However, if there's a possibility that a remedy has a 95% chance of curing me I'm going to take it - no matter who's giving it out.

But I hear people say they're not sure they want to take it.  And their reasons are many.  It might make me sick.  I didn't get Covid so why should I get the vaccine? I can't stand needles.  The government's not going to control my life.  I'm too healthy to get Covid.  The excuses go on and on.

But my opinion is that people who take this stance are not thinking of anyone but themselves.  I believe that if I can do something to improve our communal health then I'm going to do it.  I don't like needles and the time it takes to get the shot.  But if I have to go through a little inconvenience to help my friends and neighbors stay healthy I'm going to do it.  And I did.

 How would you feel if your self-centeredness kills a family member?  Could you carry that guilt with you from now on?

If you can read and comprehend maybe you should look up the word compassion. Then add it to your vocabulary and practice it at times like this.  You might feel like a better person if you do.

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