Harry: A 22 year love affair with drinking, 17 years in the Navy, and now a drug/alcohol counselor celebrating 41 years of sobriety on March 23, gave me this poem:
A little boy walked carefully along a crowded beach
Where starfish by the hundreds lay there within his reach.
They washed up with each wave, far as the eye could see
And each would surely die if they were not set free.
So one by one he rescued them, then he heard a stranger call,
“It won’t make a difference…you cannot save them all.”
But as he tossed another back towards the ocean’s setting sun,
He said with deep compassion, ”I made a difference to that one!”
My reflection: Harry has dedicated his life to helping those who are suffering find recovery. In his journey, he made a profound difference to my son and has made a difference to many others. Our family will be eternally grateful for his work.
Today’s Promise to consider: The Talmud says, “He who saves one life, saves the entire world.” Alcoholics Anonymous was started by one man: Bill Wilson. From there, countless lives have been saved. Great change can start with one person. Today, I’ll reach out my hand and help someone else. We can all make a difference – one life at a time.