A mom wrote to me: I only know that to keep on loving is something one never regrets. I only know that hope and prayer work, even if prayers are not answered as we hope. I only know that finding a community can help us do more than survive. There we can find courage when we are most afraid, and there we can find a kind of grace and peace when we most need it.
My reflection: Addiction brings us to our knees, but we can (and must) find the strength to go forward. We have a choice: We can either crumble, and sometimes we do, or we can gather ourselves up and push forward. My dad used to tell me, “Daughter, with your children there is no quit.”
Today’s Promise to consider: There is no perfect family. Our closest relationships are inevitably painful, messy, and hard. The quality of family doesn’t hinge on living a problem-free existence, but rather on how we handle the tough issues. We can use these challenges to strengthen our faith, set boundaries, and learn to communicate with compassion and loving-kindness. Pain can be the bearer of many lessons.4552
Libby, your thoughts consistently lift me up and inspire. Your well of wisdom is something that I wish I could tap into moment by moment! Wishing you and yours a warm Thanksgiving ~
Thank you, Pamela, for your compassion and support. My son, a recovering heroin addict, helps me write every meditation. His wisdom and his ability to speak ‘from’ addiction makes all the difference. My love to you and my best wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving. xo