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 23, 2014

Blessings of Recovery

When my girls were in their teens, around 13 and 14, I invited them to work at the TLC offices so they could make extra money. Also, so they could learn something about the world of work. Plus maybe absorb something about recovery and the risks of substance abuse.

They’d rearrange files. Scan documents, Clean out filing cabinets. Boring work that no one else seemed to have time to get to. But they seemed to enjoy it. Once in a while they’d play pranks on the staff. Everyone liked having them around. Those were fun days.

As they grew older each went her own way. One joined the military, finished her degree, and eventually married the right guy. The other took a more adventurous route before finally turning things around. Now she's in college studying medicine, and raising her children. Both doing well.

Their lives are unfolding much better than mine did at their age. And I’m proud of them both.

And now, déjà vu when my 16 granddaughter showed up for work this morning.

Having her here reminded me that the blessings of recovery keep on coming.