Today I took a friend for his first Narcotics Anonymous meeting. I was worried that he wouldn’t show up, remembered how when I agreed to go the first time, that it took several attempts before I walked into that hall, and took my place, ready for a new life. But he did good, he showed up, and we made it on time.
Today, my friend sat next to me at his first meeting, listening to Step 1, and began his journey back to life, and I was honoured, humbled, inspired – bowled over – to have been there with him. Why? Because this thing, this amazing recovery thing – is so amazing to share, and I felt such excitement, to see someone accepting a new, healthier life, for themselves, and so excited to be part of it. I’m going to be there as he progresses, at each revelation, at each new milestone won – and I can already feel the excitement for myself, because it will remind me of how good I felt as I had those same revelations, same milestones for the first time. Of course, I will also be there when it goes rough – because although the hardest part of the journey – going to your first meeting – is now over, there are some tough days ahead. I am not going to be there just for the great days, but for the tough ones, too…because getting involved, and doing some good is part of MY recovery, too.
Friend, (who shall remain nameless, because it is Narcotics ANONYMOUS, after all!) you are not alone on this journey, we are in this together. Wise words shared by another friend of mine, when I just started out, nearly nine months ago.
© Dave Luis 2012. All Rights Reserved.