Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Being Grateful

A TLC client is very grateful today after a successful surgery that restored her vision.

When she first came to the program she could see. Then after being with us for a while, she relapsed, only to return several days later. Within a short period after her return she lost her vision to cataracts, being able to see only vague shadows. Her vision was so bad that other clients led her by the hand wherever she went. This support from other clients and managers helped her through the ordeal.

Her presence in the program brought out the best in many clients. A lot of those around her were able to be grateful for their own good health and vision. And there were others who were able to reach out to someone who needed help at that moment.

For me it was a lesson in gratitude to witness her trials and watching her undergo the anxiety of living in a recovery program in her condition.

When I see situations like hers I’m reminded to be thankful for the blessings of recovery and good health that I enjoy today.