In recovery class our pastor used Luke 14: 34-35 for our last lesson.

Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Apparently sprinkling salt on fertilizer speeds up the decomposition and gives you something rich to spread on your soil, for the sake of growth. The point of the lesson was that to be of use to other alcoholics (or addicts) who are still struggling, we need to be the salt. We need to dig into their dunghill, and help them find and extract the nutrients.

It made me realize that, with just eight months sober today, I’m still in the midst of digging through my own pile of poo! But you know what?

I’m finding some pretty good stuff in there!