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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.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Reasons to be Grateful

It's easy to be grateful today.

Last night the TV screen fills with smoke and violence. Palestinian children attack Israelis with rocks and knives. People dying over religion and race. Unless a miracle happens it will morph into another war.

Bodies litter Chicago's ghettos. Mostly youngsters killing each other. Something about drugs and turf.

The turmoil rages in Syria. People killing over religious and tribal differences. Murder on behalf of God. Their version.

Friends tell me they don't watch the news. Because it's mostly this kind of stuff, the stuff that viewers feast on. They find it depressing.

But I watch some of it because it reminds of the blessings we have in our lives.

Yes, we disagree here. Sometimes about most everything. But at least in our country we have relative peace. Our Constitution lets us express our beliefs.

Yes we have inequities in our country. They're part of the human condition. It's a reality that surrounds us as long as we live. But here, at least, we're mostly safe.

It's never difficult to find reasons to be grateful.

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