He lied his way into the arena….

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It was a windy cloudy day in the 40’s when the men’s group arrived.  There were 8 of them hanging over the fence petting the horses before they signed their release forms.  When the paperwork was out of the way we had our intro conversation in the arena;  the wind was uncomfortable and one guy excused himself and said, ok, well thanks but I’m not really in this group and I should go wherever I’m suppose to go and besides, I’m really cold, I just wanted to pet a horse and now I’ve done that, so I should go.

We take the horses to an adult residential rehabilitation center for people in the early days of recovery from addiction to drugs or alcohol, so I say to the guy, you know, the thing about the weather is, it’s either cold, or windy or there are bugs, or then there are allergies, or it’s hot, if we are just going to work our recovery program when the weather is right, we are on a narrow road here.   He said, good point, how about I just stay here and see what I can learn.

We had our activity “steps one two and three” and when we were done, the guy comes over and makes a point of stopping us to say, I am so glad I stayed, I thought we were just going to pet the horses, I never imagined I was going to learn something valuable for my life!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Debra G Farber
    Apr 29, 2013 @ 19:52:44

    Well done Mary Ann

    Many options, choose love Debra G. Farber, LPC

    Reply

  2. Lisa
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 00:12:14

    Awesome. Life’s little surprises.

    Reply

  3. Ginger
    Apr 30, 2013 @ 13:19:05

    Thank you for your honesty with this man and extending to him a heartfelt invitation that he could hear and accept.

    Reply

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