MEMORIAL DAY 2017
O. R. Marv
On this Memorial Day I want us to take a moment.
First…let us remember all of those brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us who live in the USA to have the freedoms we have today. I will forever be indebted to them and their families.
Today is about them.
It is not about getting together and eating BBQ, getting a day off from work, or getting Holiday Pay. Let’s not forget the fact that they did what others would not.
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Now….let’s take another moment. This time I want us to reflect on something else.
To reflect on the fact that since you started reading this post, an addict or alcoholic picked up a drink or a drug for the very first time, an addict or alcoholic put down a drink or a drug for the very last time, and an addict or alcoholic died without receiving the gift that we have today – the gift of relief from active addiction.
Let’s remember just how damn lucky we are to be in the positions we are today – to merely be alive.
I don’t know about you, but I should be dead a thousand times over, behind bars for life, or living with extremely severe physical and/or mental damage from all my years of being a slave to the sack and the bottle. I am the luckiest man alive, just like you are the luckiest men and women alive, because we made it through our active addictions.
Just like we need to remember the fallen heroes of our country, we need to remember the fallen men, women, and children who succumbed to the ultimate end of our disease – DEATH. We owe it to them to carry a message of hope and Recovery – to show others that we CAN overcome addiction, we CAN overcome mental health issues, we CAN overcome whatever s**tty situation we find ourselves in!
Recovery IS possible and it IS worth it!
I am so damn grateful that I am here alive today, which is why I have the fire in my belly regarding Recovery and all that it offers. It is not for everyone who needs it unfortunately…but it is for everyone who wants it. We could be the individual who does or says something to those still suffering that shows them they can have what we have, if only they would want it bad enough to go to any lengths to make it happen.
So, today I would like you to remember those who were not as lucky as us, and ask yourself – what can you do today to maybe save a life of someone still stuck where we once where?