A Teacher in Recovery – 371

Are you a teacher? How has recovery changed the way you teach? What recovery tools do you use in the classroom?

Rajni joins Spencer to share her experience as a teacher, both before and after entering recovery.

Our conversation started with a bit of Rajni's story.

Characteristics that she identified in herself, pre-recovery, included these:

  • Overdeveloped sense of responsibility – overcommitted 
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Perfectionism 
  • Sarcasm
  • A lack of boundaries, obsessive thinking
  • Abandoning herself  by taking on students’ problems

Some recovery tools that she is now using include these:

  • Appropriate boundaries.
  • The “wisdom to know the difference”

Some slogans she uses on a regular basis are:

  • QTIP (Quit taking it personally)
  • Serenity Prayer (ACA Version)
  • I don’t have to react to everything
  • HALT (am I Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired?)
  • Hands off pays off – is it mine?
  • Easy Does It
  • 3 C’s & M’s
    • I didn’t cause it, I can’t control it, I can’t change it
    • Mothering, martyrdom, managing

Readings and Links

Rajni read from Courage to Change, January 12.

Al-Anon is looking for contributions for a new daily reader on the Steps, Traditions and Concepts.

An email from Gina referred to the summary of the 2014 World Service Conference, particularly the section on how to initiate change in the Al-Anon legacies, starting in the third paragraph on p. 36.

Upcoming topics

An upcoming topic is “gratitude”. What are you grateful for this year? Please call us at 734-707-8795 or email feedback@therecovery.show with your questions or experience, strength and hope. Or just leave a comment right here.

Music from the Show

Indigo Girls – Closer to Fine
Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK
Soul Asylum – Runaway Train

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