Stories of Kindness from Around the World

The gift that continues to give

--by myturn, posted Mar 2, 2007

I have always believed that people come into your life for a reason. With this in mind I met a man at work who had a drug problem. I knew because I used to.

Over the next 2 years we became closer and had long talks about his addiction. I knew I was supposed to help him, but I didn't know how. I had talked him into rehab and even took him to the center but every time he got out he would relapse. I thought long and hard until "IT" came to me.

I had to give more of myself, go on a leap of faith. I convinced him to try rehab one more time and when he got out I moved him into to my apartment, against the advice of those around me. Getting him out of his  earlier environment was the key. He never relapsed again. We just celebrated his 2 year clean date in January, after 23 years of abuse. He is still my roommate and has since helped me more than any friend I have ever had.   

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Readers Comments

Ayesha wrote: You could definitely see your exrsitpee within the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. Always go after your heart.
janice wrote: I feel proud of you,what a beautifull heart,I can see you have that special light to shine others thank you for making a diference in my world
astrocrazy2005 wrote: dats so nice of you....
brighteyes wrote: loving and compassionate of have alot of faith and I believe God lead you to him to help. I agree with MakeSomeoneSmile, a very brave act of kindness.
Smiles & Blessings from Brighteyes ;)
Aurelia wrote: Myturn,my eyes are filled with tears. You truly are an Angel.I have a loved one with a drinking problem and wish there was someone like you to offer his hand and help guide him to sobriety.It's a lonely world and seems like nobody really cares. I'm glad you do care and proved it. Bless you. ~Aurelia
speedi wrote: Thank you for listening with your heart and not your mind,,your a good friend..
raqui wrote: I have to agree with all the comments. Going against what others say. They feared for you thinking you might relasp. But instead now you are both clean and healthy in mind, body and sprit. IT WAS MEANT TO BE!!!!
Shivaranjan Gulvady wrote: It was a wonderful way of expressing helping hand to some one who is sinking, you came as a thin straw to pull him out
lukeyluke wrote: Wow! That is an amazing story. It really shows how great the human spirit really is. You are truely an inspiration. You are his guardian angel.
reshmakurup wrote: Dear Friend,

That is a very nice gesture. the best gift you can give your friend will be to make him do the Art of Living Course. These courses are taught in more than 160 countries with centrea round everywhere..
Do let me know where u live..

Meanwhile you can check few of our local sites.

With love and best wishes
Reshma Kurup
bangalore, India

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