Big + Small Struggles at SCHC
I had planned to take a group for a hike today, but it was not to be. By 2:45 PM no one had yet to congregate on the front patio, so I decided to make the rounds to rally the troops. Nada. I’m talking ghost-town. Outings are generally well attended, but once in a while they just fizzle for whatever reason – low energy or interest, conflicting appointments, clients opting for gym instead, or the onset of unpleasant weather. No worries.
Rather than let it phase me, I figured I’d use the opportunity to go take the bus for a wash as it was well past due for a little TLC after many trips down dusty dry logging roads this summer. As it turns out, I was pretty glad there were no clients in attendance as I had an absolute shocker at this carwash. The hose didn’t reach, the soap dried too fast, the wind soaked me with spray, and the back window wasn’t quite closed. I struggled valiantly, but the bus was still far from spotless in the end. For the day as a whole: life = 2, Kye = 0.
Some days, the best laid plans just blow up right in your face. Despite the best of intentions, things sometimes just go awry. But the obstacles I encountered today were hardly comparable to some of the difficulties our clients face on a daily basis. If my day can be thrown off by such trivial things, I can only imagine how dealing with common hardships such as withdrawals, crumbling relationships, or financial turmoil affect clients during their time here. Big or small, struggles are a part of life, addiction recovery or not, and each of us are learning everyday how to overcome them. It’s a process. It reminds me that when a client has a blow-up, misses an appointment, or acts rudely, “letting it slide” and starting the next day with a clean slate is more empathetic and supportive than I think it may be.