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, June 21, 2016

Black & White

One good thing about being on vacation is that I can mingle with my teenage grandchildren and younger relatives.

And it helps me understand how we are all products of our experience. For example one of them thought that presidential cantidate Bernie Sanders would make a good president. And their reasoning was that he would provide free college, free medical care and so forth.

But when I asked them how the government would pay for all those benefits, they really hadn't thought it through. They just saw the free goodies being dangled before them.

A granddaughter, who has a Muslim girlfriend, wondered why there was so much hatred toward Muslims in the press. Why people were saying "mean" things about them? I explained to her that a small minority of terrorists were successfully spreading fear throughout the world and that she needed to spend more time looking at the bigger picture. I tell her that the majority of Muslims want peaceful and prosperous lives. They just want to raise their families and make a living.

Sometimes youth comes with a black and white thinking that's more about what they want. They seem shortsighted when it comes to what it takes to get it. Or what the consequences would be if the world was the way they thought it should be.

Even though none of them are addicts they also will face their challenges when they’re out in the real world.  Life is a good teacher.