I love Ed, he is so kind and wonderful. I had the pleasure of having lunch with him the other day and he told me a story from the early days of his sobriety. So many of us do not come into the rooms with a fabulous work situation. I myself had not been fired, but I did get demoted early in recovery (ouch.) There are so many people that have turned these less than desirable work situations into really positive experieces. I love hearing people humbling themselves and doing the next right thing even though it may seem “beneath them”. Ed has one of these stories.
After trying to sober up many times “my way” I finally realized I was powerless over my addiction and surrendered. I then made a commitment to participate in the 12-step program of AA. One of the biggest changes I did different this time was that I realized that I could not continue to work for myself so I took a job working in a Grandy’s Chicken Restaurant as a cook. At that time I was fifty years old and I found myself working with a bunch of teenage kids. To this day I have some of the best memories of my life, and I learned great lessons. One of the lessons was that I must first learn to accept responsibilities from others before I could become a responsible person.