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 15, 2016

Finding Gratitude

We can find reasons for gratitude anywhere. And most anytime. Today I found it in the morning newspaper during breakfast.

It was in a story about how many citizens are escaping - or attempting to escape - from Afghanistan. The war has been going on there for 15 years. And now, according the the story, the tide is turning against the government. And the Taliban is once again regaining territory.

People are risking the borders, attempting to reach Europe in search of a better life. One man said that soon there would be no way to escape - as all routes would be blocked. That's why he was leaving now.

One mother, with three children and one on the way, said her family was only seeking peace. Her husband wanted to work and provide a home. She wanted to educate her children and give them a future. If she stayed she believed they could die at any moment in the unpredictable violence.

Two young men with master's degrees said their education was worthless - even where they lived in Kabul. Jobs were scarce and they wanted out before the city fell back to the Taliban.

No, nothing in my day came close to the realities these people face. They're ordinary people with the simple goal of leading life in freedom.

The things that I take for granted each day.