Love the students, collaborate with one another and growth will result.
In this age of outcome measurements and statistical data where we work on writing the best grants to get our programs the most money, where we are consistently surrounded by impression management, we may be losing the point of our efforts. Let’s put aside the numbers for a while and look at the changes we see on a regular basis in the quality of life of our students. That is the real success.
I marvel as the students mature in body, mind and spirit, right in front of our eyes. They are changed people and if we stop long enough to think about it, we are changed too!
The other day I was out in the community at a place I often visit. I happened to look down at the floor and noticed a verse engraved in bronze that lies in the atrium where the light brightly shines through. I immediately knew what I read encompassed the way we feel for the students, how we conduct ourselves and the way we work in the programs we serve.
“Love cannot remain by itself- it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service. Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others.” — Mother Teresa
And the doing, it cannot be done in isolation, it requires others to be present in your life. It requires the sharing of ideas with one another. It requires the daring to be vulnerable and the power of forgiveness. It is then and only then that we can see growth, not just in numbers but the maturing of students and collegiate recovery programs.
There is steady, consistent growth in the ARHE as we look toward the future. We are a caring community with a broad vision. The opportunity we have to witness the growth and changes in students is a privilege. And the joy of collaboration, of seeing growth in programs sprinkling the United States, now that is where action put into service is revealed.