I am a hospice volunteer in my spare time.  This past week my patient passed away and this weekend I went to her service to say my final goodbye.  I walked into the funeral home and was greeted by her family and friends.  There were pictures all around and people telling stories of her life.  It was a beautiful sight.

Seeing and hearing all the experiences of her life and how she lived always makes me realize how precious life is. Being with those who are sick always reiterates the importance of each day and how we need to live each day to the fullest, cherish it, and never take it for granted.  It’s at times like this that I thank recovery because recovery gave me the ability to live and experience each day to the fullest. Recovery showed me love, respect, and hope–all things that I can bring to someone.

Take the steps in your journey to follow recovery and begin to live your life to the fullest.  Commit to yourself and your recovery.  Ask for support as you break away from Ed.  Make a plan…don’t just think about it…do it!  As you separate from Ed and hold the hand of recovery you will learn and experience things that will amaze you.  Life looks different and feels different with recovery…trust in the process.  With recovery you will live free and experience life as it is meant to be.

So, begin to feel, build the memories, and dream the dreams that recovery can offer.   Life is precious and so are you.  You’re worth it!

With health, hope and strength,