I met some great folks at a time in my life when I needed them most

We all have heard when the student is ready the teacher appears. You know there is a lot of truth to that statement. It is also true that when we are face flat on the ground, a person happens along who gives us needed support and a purpose for living. Is it a coincidence or is it part of a greater plan? Or maybe a divine setup.

How often has it been your experience that you’re thinking of a friend and the friend is suddenly contacting you on the phone. Synchronicity is one way to explain this simultaneous happening with two events happening at the same time. Again, you meet an old friend who shares important information with you: information that you desperately needed but this need of yours is unknown to the friend. Again, is this a coincidence or just something that happens without any mysterious meaning attached to it.

This brings me to Step Two of the 12 Step program of Depressed Anonymous. “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” This meeting of a Power greater than ourselves happens all the time to many of us in the recovery program. But it frequently happens at just the right moment when that greater power shows up and saves the day and/ or our lives.

Has this been your experience? If so, I think that you remember the time of day, the month and the year. We call this your birthday in the recovery program.

Hugh S.

4 thoughts on “I met some great folks at a time in my life when I needed them most”

  1. I remember this as March 8, 2020 my first Skype meeting at DA that continued my hopefulness to be a part of this program especially when I heard the words read how important it was not to give up on myself!

    1. Thanks, Janet, and happy Birthday. Your upbeat presence with your hopeful shares continues to make a difference for me personally at our Skype meetings. Because of our online fellowship, I always feel hopeful when I attend meetings.
      Keep coming back!

    1. Hi Rob

      Really good to hear from you today. And yes, I have a lot of respect for synchronicity and how it may be a positive factor in our own recovery. I am reminded of the day when a member of the newly formed Depressed Anonymous asked me to read Dorothy Rowe’s work, Depression: The way out of your prison.

      I discovered Dorothy’s book gave us an alternative way to look at depression from a psychological angle than from the traditional disease model of depression. I felt that the Higher Power was guiding us all along.

      Yes, Rob, please examine your own life and look at the people who have entered your life during recovery. You may find that these were not just coincidences but, in fact, supposed to be. “Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.” We are all fellow travelers on this broad road of recovery.
      Thanks, Rob; I am looking forward to seeing you all this summer.

      All the best to you and the fellowship.


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