Seth H Turns 2

Seth Howland 2 yearsI first met Seth a little less than four years ago. I was a few months removed from a relapse and getting work through the local temp agency at the time. It was summer time, and the temperatures were closing in on 100 degrees by the afternoons, so of course, I found myself sent off to a job digging trenches and breaking rocks around the foundation of a house in Glenwood Springs. Of the eight people assigned to that particular worksite, only one guy other than me did any real work. That guy was Seth. He didn’t cut corners or slack off, he didn’t complain, he just worked hard on the job that he had in front of him, because he was getting paid for it, and because it was the right thing to do.  To be clear, I worked hard as well, but I complained the entire time. Seth and I got to talking, and I explained to him that I was in early recovery and coming off of a relapse. Seth shared that he too had his own struggles with alcohol, that he knew he needed to get sober, but had not been able to find a lasting solution to his problem. I left that job at the end of the week impressed with Seth as a human being and hoping that he would find his way.

I wouldn’t see or hear from Seth for about three years. Then one day he came walking into the gym that I was working out in at the time. We greeted each other and he told me that he was sober. As we talked over the following weeks I began to realize that Seth carried a very strong AA message and that his story was a shining example of the power of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Seth had faith in the program, worked hard, was honest, and the program saved his life. I knew that I had to find a way to get him involved with Jaywalker Lodge. I knew that our community needed someone like Seth. Luckily for our company, and for all of our clients, Seth accepted a tech position at Jaywalker Lodge.

When it comes to both his recovery and his job, Seth is someone who is willing to do the work. He is honest, loyal, kind and a great friend.  He has dealt with multiple trying issues in his early recover and has continued to move forward, grow, become a better person, and help the people around him.

Seth, thank you for being an agent of recovery, and thank you for being someone who myself, this company, the clients, and your friends can rely on. You are loved.

Congratulations on two years of sobriety.

Alex Colins

Residential Manager

Jaywalker Lodge

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