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, March 26, 2016

Plant a Tree

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese proverb

Sometimes we let our past control our present. But who we used to be needn't define who we are today.

Often I'm around the TLC houses and hear clients telling "war stories" of past escapades. Ones that usually got them into some kind of a mess.

The saying at the top of the page says many things. How maybe we could have chosen a different path when we were younger. Maybe gone to school or work. Rather than going down the road of addiction and the crime that usually goes along with it.

But the most important thing it says is that now is the time that counts. Now is the time that we can do something meaningful. That we should seize this moment.

No matter how much time we spend regretting the decisions we made or the paths we took, today is what we have left to work with.

And the decisions we make today may affect the next 20 years of our lives.

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