“I went to the noon meeting today at Oak Street today and everybody was complaining about how bad everything was. I want to talk about how good I feel today.” These are the words of Tony, a young black man with dreads and a diagonal scar across his face from a knife fight years ago. He spoke the words to a mixed group of about 10 other addicts in various stages of recovery and active use assembled in a conference room for our weekly support group in the factory that I worked in over 25 years ago. The words continue to resonate with me today.
What is exciting to me about Tony’s words is a desire a passion to live into the solution and not dwell in the problem. I don’t mean this to sound like a head in the sand approach to the problems of life. Rather, I see this as a decision to live into the solution and surround oneself with the solution. Often, this is as simple as realizing that there really is a solution in recovery.