In 1853, America hosted its first World’s Fair in New York City. The man who stole the show was Elisha Otis, who introduced the first elevator brake. Until then, very few buildings in New York had more than five stories, because nobody wanted to climb that many steps.
Thanks to Otis, by 1900, New York boasted an amazing 65 skyscrapers. By 1908, that number had swelled to 538.
When Otis demonstrated his invention, no one was willing to step inside the first elevator. And that’s common. We are hesitant to do what we have not first seen someone else do.
So try this. Find someone who has more sobriety than you, and learn from him. Take him to lunch, pick his brain, seek his counsel.
Recovery Step: Paul said, “Be imitators of me” (Ephesians 5:1). Recovery is a great ride, but not one you should get on by yourself.