Old Ideas

Recovery asks me to abandon old ideas and attitudes, some I've held most of my life. That can be difficult. But I've recently had an experience that illustrates how important it really is. I recently had a friend with a health issue and they didn't have insurance. I went with them to the Escambia County Health Department. Thankfully, it was a false alarm, but the experience was one of the best I've ever had at a doctor's office. Then even more recently, I had a different friend who needed medical treatment he couldn't afford and a Catholic charity offered to pay for it. My right-wing friends rail against socialized medicine. My left-wing friends rail against organized religion. And to be honest, I've always agreed with both, mostly because other people told me to think that way. But experience has shown me that both viewpoints are wrong. It's anecdotal, I know. But it reminds me to question everything, especially the ideas I agree with. And that I have more in common with other people than I might think.

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