The Art of Compassion

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”—Maya Angelou

There are many things to admire about Alix Moore: she’s kind, brilliant, loving, driven…the list goes on. But I think that the most admirable thing about her is her compassion. It’s almost unending.

I first met Alix about six years ago. She was a friend of a friend, and I needed to sublet the room I was renting in Boulder. My friend and roommate had an idea: “I have a friend who’s looking for a room. I can ask her if she’d like to come check out yours,” Alix came to look at the room. It wasn’t much – honestly not much bigger than a closet – but the price was right, and it was a great way for her to get out on her own. So, she took the room and we didn’t really talk much after that.Alix 1

Photo credit: BlackDomeLight Photography

It wasn’t until a few years later when Alix started working at the same restaurant I used to work at, I was that we really connected. Prior to us meeting again at the restaurant, she was really just a voice on the other end of the phone, but getting acquainted with her made me realize just how powerful of a woman she was.

A few months after starting, she decided that restaurant work wasn’t for her, and began working at a local addiction treatment center (which is, incidentally, where I work now). This is where it became most evident how compassionate a person she is. She works in Admissions, and every day, she’s dealing with people or families in crisis. She manages not only to keep her cool in what is otherwise a very stressful situation, but also to prioritize the needs of the clients themselves.

However, this hasn’t come without a toll, as it can affect her mental wellbeing.  She and I sat down over coffee to chat about her job, how she manages her own wellness, and to just talk about life in general:

Keira Mountain (KM): Hi! How are you doing today?

Alix Moore (AM): Good, it’s just been a little stressful lately, and [my husband] has been working more than normal, but other than that, I’m good.

KM: That’s good to hear; I know that you’ve been super busy lately.

AM: It’s true, but [work] will start to slow down soon, and I can take more of a break (laughs).

KM: I’m glad! You deserve it. So, Alix, walk me through what a normal day in Admissions looks like for you, right now.

AM: Right now, it’s a little crazy, especially at the beginning of the week. But overall, I answer phone calls, explain about our program, and if we’re a good fit for a client, I’ll do their intake to our program. Based on the pre-admission interview, I determine what kind of care best serves their needs.

KM: Very cool! For those that don’t work in the industry, can you explain that a Alix 2little further?

AM: Sure!  There are levels of care that we offer, which depends on the severity of the client’s needs. We offer detoxification, residential, and outpatient services for our clients, which pretty much covers everything that a client could be looking for.

KM: Awesome! This sounds like something that you’re passionate about.

AM: I am! People in this country are demonized for their addictions, and I don’t think that’s fair. Our job is to help provide  resources for our clients to deal with the root causes of their addictions and to reintegrate successfully into society, regardless of the challenges that might come up.

KM: It’s very important work. Do you ever feel like this takes a toll on your own mental wellbeing, though?

AM: It definitely can. It can be really hard to watch families in crisis, especially because they either feel blindsided, or ill-equipped to deal with their family member’s addiction, and that can definitely take its toll.

KM: I bet. Is there anything that you do to maintain your own mental wellness?

AM: Definitely! Cooking is one of my biggest passions in life, so I do a lot of that. It makes me happy, and it makes [my husband] happy, too, which is a bonus. I also read, and try to spend a lot of time with the people I love.alix 3

This is one of the things that I admire most about Alix: she’s very open with the people that she loves, and she’s very honest. Every day, she inspires me to be more understanding, and to tell the people that support and surround me that I love them.

You can check Alix out on Instagram, where she shares her favorite recipes, her love of food, passion for life, and journey towards balance.

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Keira Mountain has always had a love for books and literature. She is a full-time student at the University of Colorado at Denver in pursuit of a degree in English Writing, and hopes to find a place in the publishing industry as an editor after graduation. When she isn’t in class or at work, you can find Keira on her yoga mat, teaching at CorePower in Boulder, reading or cooking.

One thought on “The Art of Compassion

  1. Kiera, I really liked how you started out. The interview format was a great idea but it was a strange structure where you left your audience without much reflection or analysis afterward. I wanted to see a longer interview with more transitions from prose to interview and back again maybe 3-5 transitions would’ve made the piece feel more whole and complete.

    That being said, I think you’ve got a good handle on writing ledes and nutgrafs. Good job!


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