Today's guest is Steve K. I met Steve in High School and I always admired his outgoing and vivacious personality. To me, Steve seemed like a well-adjusted, popular and outgoing guy. It wasn't until the day we recorded this episode that I learned of the tragic truth and of the story of how his father rejected him because "he was different." Steve shares openly and honestly about what it was like growing up gay, and in the early stages of the deadly disease of addiction. I'm immensely grateful to all of our guests but today, I'm extra grateful that I got to reconnect with Steve and to get to know him on a deeper level... as a fellow sober man trudging the road to happy destiny. I hope you enjoy his hope-filled message of courage and recovery.
. . . and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, p. 59
I was beginning to approach my new life of sobriety with unaccustomed enthusiasm. New friends were cropping up and some of my battered friendships had begun to be repaired. Life was exciting, and I even began to enjoy my work, becoming so bold as to issue a report on the lack of proper care for some of our clients. One day a co-worker informed me that my boss was really sore because a complaint, submitted over his head, had caused him much discomfort at the hands of his superiors. I knew that my report had created the problem, and began to feel responsible for my boss's difficulty. In discussing the affair, my co-worker tried to reassure me that an apology was not necessary, but I soon became convinced that I had to do something, regardless of how it might turn out. When I approached my boss and owned up to my hand in his difficulties, he was surprised. But unexpected things came out of our encounter, and my boss and I were able to agree to interact more directly and effectively in the future.
From the book Daily Reflections
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