President Teddy Roosevelt set up a boxing ring in the White House, where he would spar with anyone brave enough to get into the ring. One of his aides, Dan Tyler Moore, actually blinded the president’s left eye with a right hook. Roosevelt concealed the fact that he had lost his sight in order to protect the reputation of the man who detached his retina.
Moore said, “Could you ask for any better proof of the man’s sportsmanship than the fact that he never told me what I had done to him?”
Putting the needs of others ahead of his own provided a glimpse into the character of Teddy Roosevelt. This same attitude will take you a long way in your sobriety.
When we think about the needs of others, and get our eyes off ourselves once in a while, life comes into focus, sobriety comes within reach, and hope rises.
Recovery Step: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds” (Romans 12:2).