Sunday, February 1, 2009

Best I listen


Across the road from our house is a Maple Tree, devoid of leaves, looking bleak with the greyness of cloud behind it. But it's alive with noise. Six Blue Jays, screeching at each other, jumping from branch to branch, full of life and joy. The neighbour must have a big bird feeder at his place to attract so many jays and I'm glad he did. Bird song, even as raucous as jays, fills the day with hope.

The world of addiction can seem bleak and stark. Statistic's testify about the severity of this condition. I seem to get stuck on that darkness, how difficult it is for people to stumble into recovery. But there is bird song in the air as well. Listening to people speak with gratitude at meetings, the voice of someone asking for help, the cacophony of a business meeting with the seemingly miraculous consensus at the end, bubbles of laughter bursting out at unexpected times, the connectedness we feel when we bare our souls, the warm hugs, holding hands in the circle, the wonder of being understood, the warmth of watching someone take a thirty day chip, the tears in family members eyes at cake night and this list could go on and on.

There is much joy in this business of recovery. I need just look in the right direction.

Photo Credit: Lida Rose

5 comments:

Kathy Lynne said...

I really identified with this, thank you.

Indigo said...

Thanks for the smile today hon. We all need to find the beauty that surrounds us in our recovery. (Hugs)Indigo

Prayer Girl said...

Alcoholism - I found a terrible disease and a beautiful way of life as the cure.
We are lucky people to be plucked as we are out of the jaws of a fatal illness.

Thanks for the post.

steveroni said...

Recovery I L.O.V.E. and I find MUCHO joy in it, the meetings, the befores and afters, the phone calls, the Emails, the caring, the sharing, the support, even the memorial services, such as the one I attended this afternoon.

And the Steps and Traditions, and God, and the peace which surpasses all understanding--I have found here!
Thank you.
Steve E.

Cat said...

There is much joy in it, if we are open to accepting it and willing to learn and practice how it is done.