Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

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

Saturday, August 10, 2013

More Gratitude

While in Orange County, California this weekend to speak at a church anniversary function we stopped at a nursing home to visit my former brother-in-law - who also was a long time drinking and drugging buddy in the sixties and seventies.

He’s been in the home for ten years, after suffering a stroke while in jail on a drug charge. Since the stroke, he’s been confined to a wheelchair and seldom gets away from the facility where he’s living

While visiting him is a nostalgic journey back to the seventies, it’s also a lesson in gratitude. Spending time visiting him in the midst of the suffering and sick is a stark reminder that many in the world face serious challenges

As I left there it was with a sense of gratitude that I chose a different path so many years ago. After seeing him I realize that I have no issues at all in my life.