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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gratitude in Paradise

Today I write from the patio of a leased condo in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico – one of our favorite places.

A hundred yards away waves break on the sand. It’s a symphony that slows our pace in the daytime. And it lulls us to sleep at night.

During the day we turn on the ceiling fans and open the glass walls at either end of the condo. The tropical breezes flow throughout.

Between our patio and the waves are two infinity pools that add to the beauty of the landscape.

It’s a milieu that helps of us heal from the demands of the recovery business.

As we enjoy this respite we reflect with gratitude upon those who are caring for things at home.

People tell us we’re lucky to get away like this. And I agree.

But a large part of that luck comes from the team of people we work with.