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Is recovery realistic: ON standing for something more

Posted Mar 24 2010 8:06pm

I spent some time tonight re-reading the recent “voices of recovery.”  I was looking for a common thread, a common wisdom that so many disparate people shared, something that spoke of a unified truth underneath their individual opinions.

I think they all shared one passionate belief.  Mental illness does not mean life is over. It does not mean it is less.  Life offers more, and the more is within reach.  It may take struggle.  It may take battle.  It may take persistence and endurance.  But the more is real and true.  It is not merely fancy words or psychobabble.  Hope is real and true and can be found in the gifts of each moment and each day.  We are not defined by our circumstances.  And ordinary people can rise to cope with extraordinary circumstances.

You can stand for something more.  Each of them had a vision of a truth that was something more than how their day was going or what symptoms they were struggling with.  Part of that vision was sharing with others.  Part of that vision was pointing and saying “look.”  And part of that vision was saying, “come with me and share what I have found.”  Part of that vision was saying that life and living had value and purpose and was the greatest prize.  And part of that vision was saying that hard times were real and could be vicious and mean, but that they lied also.  The lie that hard times preached was that they were the only thing that was real and that simply is not true.

The value for their life, seems in part, to be what they invite others to share.  Maybe that’s the meaning of all life.  I dont know.

I am grateful for their invitation.  I am grateful for their stand.  You can stand for something more.  I can stand for something more.  God bless each of them.  And God bless you.


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