I see my role as a recovered survivor as placing me still in the middle of my brothers, and especially those who are further back on the path than me. It's part of the way I find meaning and healing in what happened to me. I feel that every good thing that happens to someone here is also happening to me.
You have nailed it. I like your "no man is an island" analogy. I simply cannot go blithely on my way now that I am feeling a little more "normal", leaving my brother's here who are just beginning this journey to fend for themselves. I am compelled to stick around and share with them the fact that they are not alone, that there are genuine people here who understand and care.
I know how stunning it was for me last August 28, 2005 when I entered chat as a first timer, and you and Sabooka were so kind to me. That kind of compassion and acceptance is crucial here for those who enter these gates.
I also believe it is a crucial thing for those of us who are still on the journey but further down the road as well. Like you say, it is how I find "meaning an healing". To those who say that this place should be wholly about me and my recovery I would say "speak for yourself". I do not live in a vaccum. I was wounded in relationship and the only path to healing is in relationship. Further I would say to you, "step back and look at it again. This place is ALL ABOUT relationship. If it were not it would not exist because it would not work."
OK, I'll get down off my soapbox now
Lots of love,