Did you know that more than half of Americans love someone who is struggling with an addiction? As some of you may know, September is National Recovery Month. But when thinking of recovery, there are so many other beautiful “r words”: rest, restoration, redemption and renewal to name a few.
I was raised in a family where significant generational patterns surrounded alcoholism. Addiction is a disease of relationships, which affects family members incredibly deeply. The disease shows up and embeds itself on all of the family members - not just the one struggling with an addiction.
Saying “I am in recovery” was no easy thing to accept. There have been moments I abandoned myself, times I chased things that would take me out of myself, and times I was tremendously disconnected from myself. Recovery continues to teach me to let go of all control mechanisms to find that at the intersection of desperation and gratitude is hope and freedom.
As I lean deeply into the power of connection for recovery, these are the pillars I hold to be true:
I live from a place of joy and gratitude at all times.
I share my story candidly to help others own theirs.
I have more questions than answers.
I feel God’s presence everywhere.
I know that life is messy.
I believe leadership is a sacred calling and that we lead in all parts of life.
I walk a spiritual path, move my feet forward to do hard things and anchor myself in a loving God who rides shotgun with me.
I believe in the power of “we” - there is a healing bond in hearing the words “me too”.
I understand that acceptance is a superpower that allows others to walk their own path
I absolutely love the power of the table celebrating communion which leads to redemption.
I hope this episode has brought light to the darkness of addiction in a real, honest way. As the Buddhists say, “no mud, no lotus.” Finding your way out of the mud can feel impossible at times, but know that recovery is always possible. We are leaving a light on for you and saving you a seat. Thank you for joining us this week.
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