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John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 900-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 30th 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.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Back to Life

So the rumors are out.

Some states. maybe including ours, are going to be opening up again. That's what we hear.  And I guess that who we believe depends upon our political persuasion.

For most of us this is a new experience, being locked up in our own homes.  Not having the freedoms we've been used to for decades.

Depending on one's political outlook, most anyone could have made the wrong decision about opening or not opening.  The reality of pandemics and viruses is that they are a part of nature that we don't have immediate control over.

After all, AIDs killed something like 25 million before science could slow it down.  The so-called Spanish Flu killed an estimated 50 to 100 million before it's devastation slowed.  SARs and H1N1 took their toll before we could get a grip on them.

The reality is that all of these disasters have appeared before. And will show up again.  Many people were taken before their time.  So what do we do when confronted with these kinds of challenges?  Do we start looking at our lives differently?  Do we not use our time frivolously and start helping the world become a better place?  It's our choice.

Myself, I choose to contribute to better the lives of addicts and alcoholics who seek change.  Those who don't want change - well that's their business.

But the reality for us all is that we have the same amount of time - and we can choose to use it however we want.  We can waste it, or we can use it everyone's benefit. It's our choice.

Before the next disaster shows up.

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