Power 

Hello friends! I’ve been lax again about updating my blog, but that means there’s plenty to write about now!

The world feels like a crazy place right now. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the madness of violence, frustration, disappointment. Many of us are feeling these things, unsure what we can do about it. And I have no answers, really. But one thing I do know is that by focusing on serenity, and by not feeding the madness of my addiction, I don’t feel quite so afraid.

My HP has been guiding me in a way that is truly amazing, and gives me hope. This is not because I am special. I think it’s just because I’m asking for it, and paying attention.

Seven months ago (I hit that milestone yesterday), I didn’t really believe in God. But I do, now, and it has made such a difference in my life. I am still not a religious person, but I do have faith in a way I never have before.

Last week, I had a rare opportunity to participate in a community choral event called Bridge of Song. Sadly, the video is unavailable now, but it was nonetheless an incredible and awe-inspiring event. To sing with thousands, across the distance, beautiful voices united in hope and peace, was truly a holy moment. I am so grateful I was given the opportunity. It’s something I probably wouldn’t have done when I was drinking.

This week, the heat has been turned up. We’re taxing the power grid with air conditioners and fans. And wouldn’t you know it? Our power went out last night.

But, it was just the power to my apartment, not the building. The eventual solution involved calling an electrician at two in the morning to reset a breaker, which needs to be replaced. Good information to have.

The experience was informative in other ways, too. I learned that I’m good at staying calm in uncomfortable situations, better than I was while using. I had my wits about me and was able to Keep Calm and Carry On, as the Brits say.

I lit a few candles, made all the necessary calls, and read a book. Candlelight is beautiful!

And wouldn’t you know it, my electrician is in recovery, too.

So, it turns out, even when your power seems to go out, there’s still a larger source of energy, light, and hope available. A Higher Power. I’m grateful to be on that grid.

Until next time folks, stay cool and keep carrying on!

-Sarah

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