Giving Back Is a Cornerstone of My Recovery.

May 7, 2016 | By Greg Wilson | Filed in: Uncategorized.

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
(Aristotle)

I was recently involved in a project to help raise money for charity. We decorated and painted a chair to be sold in an auction. The chair was painted in many different colors and had the “Serenity Prayer” on the seat, plus the words “Surrender” and “Breathe” attached to the back rest by decal. We had a lot of fun doing this project. The project seemed to build a sense of love and compassion in all of us. We all came together for one common goal: to give and not be attached to the fruits of our actions. I know that I was blessed from the experience.
Giving back to others is a cornerstone of my recovery. I have meaning and purpose when I give back. I am always enriched with joy and peace when I give my time and talents to help others. The kind of giving that I strive for is giving without expecting any reward. To experience the joy of seeing a suffering soul move from darkness into light can be the substance of what I receive when I give back.
Staying focused on service work is a great way to maintain quality recovery. Just start serving somewhere, getting the experiences, and then you will discover your gifts for service. I gain so much joy by sustaining a spirit of love and service. Stretch yourself and look for ways to develop your gifts and talents.
I thought it would be nice to create a poem to go with the chair. I was inspired by the whole process, and these words quickly came to me as I thought about a meaningful intention for the chair. I have discovered that I can do what I put my mind to!

A PRAYER CHAIR AFFAIR

I WAS AT A PLACE IN MY LIFE, ALL EMPTY AND

BARE, ON THE VERGE OF INSANITY, AND NOBODY

TO CARE. TO SAY THE LEAST I WAS FULL OF

DESPAIR! I NEEDED HELP FROM SOMEBODY,

SOMEWHERE. I HEARD THERE’S A GOD, BUT IS

GOD REALLY THERE? I WENT TO AN AUCTION,

AND WHAT DID I STARE? A SHINING OBJECT

WITH A COLORFUL GLARE. IT WAS A PLACE OF

PEACE, SO BEAUTIFUL, SO RARE! I TRIED TO

IGNORE IT, BUT IT KEPT RAISING MY HAIR! IT

CALLED TO ME, “SURRENDER, SURRENDER,

IF YOU DARE”! I SAT DOWN FOR A MOMENT. IT

WAS A WONDERFUL AFFAIR! I FOUND MYSELF UPON THE

AMAZING PRAYER CHAIR. MY RUNNING WAS

OVER! I’LL HAVE TO DECLARE, OF A

LIVING GOD I WAS FULLY AWARE!

ARE YOU IN NEED OF A PRAYER CHAIR REPAIR?

—Greg Wilson


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