Such a simple word with such a variety of implications, not a one of them simple.
This month, the Band is focusing upon recovery- from anything. Part of getting through the traumas, the addictions, the mental illnesses is to focus on the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel and focus upon new coping mechanisms, new ways of life, and recovery.
So, The Band, how are YOU recovering? What are you recovering from? How are some ways you cope while recovering?
Part of my recovery and healing has been helping others. I suppose every person who reads, writes, volunteers and comments here on Band Back Together is familiar with this concept as that’s what we’re doing every day.
An extremist, I’ve taken it a step further and made it my occupation, so I’m blessed enough to take a paycheck home for helping others.
I’ve been in full-time ministry for six years, and a chaplain for the past four. Mostly, that means I seek God with other people, listen to their stories, as we all try to heal together with His/Her help.
I want to share one of those stories here:
She was a fragile arm and peeking eyes, a nest of hair on her pillow.
“I’m Joannie, I’m a chaplain, here. Remember me?” I said, as she nodded and wiped tears from her eyes. The slight arm brushed the tangled hair a bit and tears spilled. I sat down close to her and she said, “I’m so scared.”
“I would be scared, too. Right now, they are just testing for cancer, they don’t know it’s cancer yet - but I would be scared, too,” I said.
“I feel like a little girl,” she sobbed.