BE THE CHANGE   Leave a comment

gahndiBe the change you wish to see in the world” is a great sentiment spoken by a man considered very wise by many, Gandhi.

When we hear these simple yet profound words, it is easy to discount them. We say, “I can’t change the world. I’m not important enough. I’m not good, smart, charismatic… enough”. Therein we demonstrate the one place that changing the world must start. As another not quite as wise man put it “I’m starting with the man in the mirror” (sung by Michael Jackson / written by Glen Ballard). We are all able to change the world, it does not matter how important or special we think we are. We start by acknowledging that no matter who we are or what we have experienced each of us is special, unique and has something within to share with the rest of the world. The first step to “Be the Change” is recognizing the worth and value that are within and “changing” how we perceive ourselves. We must accept and acknowledge that our value has less to do with how we look and what we have and more to do with WHO we are, our character. Once we have this realization about ourselves it changes our perspective of others that we encounter.

That brings us to the next step of the process to “Be the Change”. There is such freedom in being “real” and letting ones character shine from within we want to share that freedom with others. This does not mean you have to become a writer, inspirational speaker or give up all that you have. You can “Be the Change” through most simple tasks that typically cost you absolutely nothing.smile

A friendly smile

A kind word

An open ear to listen

A shoulder to cry on

A sincere “Thank you”

A gentle hand of support

 What is the core of these most basic acts? Very simply, it is love and kindness. It doesn’t matter if it is a stranger you pass in the street and offer a friendly smile as you pass walking down the sidewalk or your listen and supporting a close friend who is crying after a tough break-up. These simple acts affirm the value of each one that our lives touch. As they then realize that they are loved, needed and appreciated as we have, they begin to share these same basic acts with others and so on so on. You see we don’t change the world all at one time; we can’t. We can however “Be the Change” one person at a time.

Posted February 4, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

The Great Escape   Leave a comment

The Great Escape

Love and Kindness Show the Way

escapeIt does not take a Bible scholar to look at the world we live in to recognize that we are in the “Last Days.” It takes no more than a few seconds of glancing at the headlines of the newspaper, or listening to the lead stories on the latest news broadcast. Our world

is becoming ever increasingly more angry, bitter and self-interested. Unfortunately many of those that call themselves “Christians” have fallen into the same attitudes and behaviors. In the world that we live in it is easy to get stuck in the motions of just surviving from day to day.

Life becomes a daily challenge to simple outlast the harshness of those that we encounter

As a result we find ourselves becoming hard, cold and bitter as a means of self-protection. In the midst of the struggle our eyes lose focus on who we are and more importantly whose we are and one day we wake up to realize that we no longer feel the joy and anticipation of each new day and we are rather filled with depression and dread. It has come to the point that we bring these same attitudes and behaviors into our most personal relationships including our homes. As I share these thoughts, I honestly admit to you, that I can recognize some of this pattern even within myself, I hope and pray that as you read on you will reflect on your own attitudes and behaviors to find if you have fallen prey to this trap as well.

 Another troubling thing that I have observed in myself and other “Believers” is the tendency to be judgmental, harsh and at times downright cruel towards those whom do not conform to our conservative Christian perspective of how one should look, dress, talk and act. We attempt to justify our actions by calling it discipleship and correction. In actuality it is more of the same negativity. Unfortunately, I believe too many of us have become the very Pharmacies and Sadducees that Jesus encountered in His day and time.

 So what is the answer? What do we do to break this cycle not only in our personal lives, but in the lives of those same hurting people that are also stuck in this cycle?

I think it comes down to one of the “greatest” commandments. “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

The “Love Chapter”, I Corinthians 13 says it this way:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails.

 In most simple terms, “Without love, I am nothing.” Looking a little more deeply, what does this passage have to say about the attitude and behaviors associated with Love? It is almost exactly the opposite of all of the attitudes and behaviors that we have demonstrated in the “trap.” Love is patient, kind and honoring; it does not envy or boast. It is not self-seeking, and is not resentful. It protects, trusts hopes and perseveres. Love never fails.

 Kindness and patience are two of the key words that can be pulled from the passage. I don’t know about you, but especially in the hustle and bustle of life’s pressures and expectations patience is not easy to maintain. Then when we become impatient, there goes our kindness as well.

Scripture goes on to say, ”Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” I John 2:6

 So how did Jesus live? He embodied love and compassion. That being said, the very types of people that we despise and are judgmental towards , they are the same types of people with whom Jesus spent the majority of his time. A women known for sexual impurities was one of his closest friends; he ate among crooks. Among his closest followers were a man prone to anger, a corrupt tax collector and a thief. He showed them mercy and grace; He showed them that they were more than their mistakes and their lives were changed for the better. He demonstrated love and kindness in a way that seemed foreign and stranger to others in his faith.

 So if that is the answer, where do we start?

Let us start with the other of the “great” commandment:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30

When we take our eyes off of all the striving and winning in the here and now and realize that we were created for so much more. We are here for one primary purpose: To be in relationship with our Father in Heaven. When our sights are focused on that and we remember what John said, “We love Him, because He first loved us.” I John 4:19. Despite our struggles and failures He loves us anyway. How can we not love someone that demonstrates that kind of love towards us. When we give and receive that kind of love, then that same love will begin to permeate our very being.

As we are filled with His love that is abounding within us, we can no longer contain it, and love over flows out of us and into the lives of those around us. It touches those closest to us first and then others. This process does not happen overnight it takes time and effort on our part. So we must begin to practice attitudes and behaviors that will become more natural in time.

We can begin to practice by changing how we use a very small but powerful instrument, the tongue. For it is said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21) Another verse in Proverbs, Proverbs15:4, says it like this,” A soothing tongue is a tree of life,

But perversion in it crushes the spirit.” The same passage in verse one also says,” A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.” We need to take care in the words that we use in our interactions, but even more importantly than that is how we say them. Even when we find ourselves in difficult and at times confrontational situations we should speak with gentleness and kindness rather than becoming angry and aggressive.

As the old idiom goes, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” (Not that we really want a bunch of flies.) This simple reflects the same biblical principal of the power to build up or tear down that is in the tongue. When we speak with kindness, especially in difficult situations in which we have otherwise been harsh and cold, we break the cycle not only in our own lives, but in the lives of those around us.

Of course changing our words is just the beginning. As we grow and move forward in this journey we are transformed from the inside out, resulting not only more and more kindness and love in our words, but also in our deeds. As well known, often repeated quote goes, “Actions speak louder than words,” James said it this way, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2:26) Our lives begin to reflect the love, grace, mercy, and kindness that Jesus exhibited. When we learn to walk in love kindness we have to worry very little about whom we are offending, because words actions are focused not on improving our personal agenda, but on edifying, encouraging and helping others to grow as they proceed in their own journeys,

As mentioned earlier, these changes in our character, attitude, words and behavior are not going to happen y will take time, effort and at times cause us to suffer pain as we work through our own disappointments and resentments that contributed to our own personal bitterness. What I can guarantee to you is this, if you persevere the blessings and joy that you will attain will have been worth it all. You will be amazed at the freedom and peace that you will discover when you are focused outward rather than inward,

So my friends, are you ready to delve into one of the most exciting and rewarding r you can ever imagine? Are you ready to be free of the chains of resentments, judgments and defensiveness? If so I hope you’ll join me in the journey as we grow in love and kindness within and in our relationships and interactions with others.

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36

Posted January 13, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

Hope-2014   Leave a comment

hope-whispersIt is my belief that hope is among the most important things in all of life, even more so for those in recovery of any kind.

Hope is that single force from within that causes us to believe that no matter what the circumstances are today, tomorrow can be better. Without it, there is no motivation to push us through very circumstance and to put forth the effort to overcome them in order to reach a better tomorrow. Hope truly is that proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel”. Hope at times is all that we have left to encourage us to keep up the fight and not to give up even in the hardest of times. Hope pushes us on.

Let’s look a little deeper into this simple yet very deep word.

 To start here are a few definitions:

  • noun: the feeling that some desire will be fulfilled

  • noun: someone (or something) on which expectations are centered

  • verb: intend with some possibility of fulfillment

  • verb: expect and wish

  • verb: be optimistic

The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled”: Hope has many different forms. At times is experienced as a general positive feeling that what we desire will at some point be fulfilled; and the more imminent the fulfillment the more fervent our hope. This is experienced most generally as an overall optimistic attitude and perspective regarding life as a whole. At other times our hope is more of a “spot light”. We hope for specific things, relationship, promotion on the job, good health, happiness, recovery, etc. Hope is believing that a certain occurrence will come about for our benefit. It pushes us to give our best effort and energy to see that desire achieved. However, it is these hopes that are most often dashed, especially when they are affected by other people and situations that are outside of out control.

Intend with some possibility of fulfillment”: Hope is to determine, to purpose the fulfillment of a goal or desire. In simplest of terms… Hope is a CHOICE. Hope is that choice that you make, no matter how you feel at the moment, that says, “I will succeed”, “I will get better”, “I will …”. Hope is what sets are hearts and minds ablaze with ambition and energy to achieve an expected goal.

This reminds me of a quote made by a gentleman well-known by many of us

, Christopher Reeve. He played the role of Superman in the original “Superman” movies in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Later in life he was tragically and seriously injured in horse riding accident which led to him becoming a quadriplegic.

He stated, “Once you choose hope anything is possible.”

Having made this choice, he went on to do something he was told by countless others he would never do, walk. Albeit, he had the help of some of the best doctors and therapist, he moved again and it was in a very controlled environment, but he did it. Repeatedly after his accident, he talked and encouraged those with disabilities that hope was the only choice. If you don’t believe it here is the story, Christopher Reeve Walks

George Weinberg, a famous psychologist and author, stated similarly, “Hope never abandons you, you abandon it”.

Hope is always present, and available. We give up, allowing our feelings and circumstances to dictate our lives to us, rather than choosing to hang on to hope and refusing to give up on our dreams and goals.

One final quote from another individual that we are all very familiar with, and from one of the most famous speeches of all time: Martin Luther King, Jr., from “I have a Dream”

If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”

Hope is that unseen, unheard, and often even unfelt force that is within every human being that keeps “life moving”. It is that force that gives us the strength and courage to be who we are, ourselves.

hope.remainsDespite our weaknesses and faults we can be ourselves and have strength and faith to keeping moving forward in spite of our past, our hurts, our mistakes and circumstances. In spite of it all we must “still have a dream”, something to hope for, some goal some expectation that we set our hearts, our minds, our entire being towards achieving.

When all else has failed …CHOOSE HOPE!!

HAVING

OPTIMISTIC &

POSITIVE

EXPECTATIONS

Posted January 12, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

Heart of Hope Manifesto 2014   Leave a comment

HOH-logo3At it’s inception, this little project, ministry, whatever you want to call it started simply as a coping skills class that I developed and provided as a part of my job in the Patient Education program at the State Psychiatric Facility where I work. The class known as “Road to Recovery” utilizes an active, interactive model of sharing and communicating information. The basic strategies is to address the issues of recovery from mental illness and substance abuse issues from a holistic, whole person, perspective. In the process of interacting with those that attended the class during their treatment and watching as many would be discharged only to be re-admitted within a relatively short period of time. I finally acknowledged something, these individuals needed something more that was not available in their home communities. We all know too well, “there are NOT enough resources available in most communities to adequately support those that are on this journey on a daily basis.

That being said, in April of 2010 Road to Recovery took its first steps standing on its own feet with the launch of a blog and then not long after that a Facebook. Page, and then Facebook “Group”. Since that time a “profile” has been set up that at the time of this update nearly 1600 “friends”. The project has branched into a number of other social media platforms as well, including: Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, Pinterest and Deviantart. Also since that time, the projects name has changed (or at least parts of it have) a few times. Currently the primary name is “Heart of Hope”.

So what is Heart of Hope today?

Well, Heart of Hope continues to be the persona taken on by this writer with the hopes that through our interactions either personal, one on one, in the blog or other means of communication that you will experience on of the following as a result of that interaction:

  • Enlighten: To me, to enlighten is to share information with others so as to teach them something that they did not previously know, in order to allow them to improve the state of their lives.
  • Encourage: I recently described encouraging as offering a hand to another whom has slipped and fallen along their way and helping them to get back to their feet,
  • Inspire: Continuing from the previous thought, once the individual has gotten back on their feet; to inspire is to walk alongside and urge them on in their journey, rooting them on saying “you can do it”.
  • Instill Hope. To give, to share or impart hope. Hope is the belief that something good will happen and success is possible.
  • Empower: Finally, to empower is to have others come to the realization of the strength and courage that resides within, so as to believe in themselves and their potential for success.

To this day and as long as I am blessed to continue this journey, this will be me mission and my purpose whether it is in face to face interactions or by utilizing modern technology.

However, I have also learned a very valuable lesson through this process, I have come to realize that I am merely A voice. I am not THE Voice. That brings me to the second and probably the more important part of Heart of Hope today.

I see it as a caring community of travelers who are all on the same journey, striving to overcome our “issues” and be “better” than we were yesterday.

We come all parts of this great planet on which we occupy, with all different types of problems including but NOT limited to any of the following:

  • Mental Illness – Depression, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, etc
  • Substance Abuse/Dependence
  • Co-Occurring Disorders – Both of the above at the same time.
  • Eating Disorders
  • Personality Disorders – Borderline, Dependent, Histrionic
  • Trauma – Abuse, PTSD, etc.

We come together to share of struggles, our victories our joy and our tears. In sharing our experiences, we draw strength from one another, and individually and corporately we

are one step further along in our journey. We acknowledge our similarities as well as our differences, respecting both. We will not always see eye to eye, but we can always accept one another’s opinions and discuss issues and ideas without resorting to personal attacks.

Every physical road has curves, mountains valleys, pot holes, signs, etc. The same is true in regards to personal recovery process and our growth as a community.

What determines if we are successful in our recovery and maintain our personal and corporate well-being is how well we navigate these obstacles as we face them on our journey? Just as in driving, if we do not navigate these appropriately we will find ourselves in the bar ditch, or in recovery terms, relapse.

I hope and pray that as you navigate along your journey, you will find enlightenment, encouragement, inspiration, be instilled with hope and ultimately feel empowered as you continue on as a result of being a part of this project. Similarly, I hope that you will share your failures, successes, struggles and insights here. In doing so we help one another on this journey we call recovery,

Heart of Hope Vision Statement

To develop and maintain a collaborative community of consumers and providers of mental health and/or substance abuse services, in order to create an environment that promotes hope, recovery and personal growth.

 I’ll tell you what it really means to worship the LORD. Remove the chains of prisoners who are chained unjustly. Free those who are abused! Isaiah 58:6 (CEV)

Heart of Hope Organizational Mission Statement

 Hope for Healing Hurting Hearts is a non-profit outreach ministry with the sole purpose of sharing hope and healing to the hurting, especially those confronted with various forms of mental illness or substance abuse/dependence. It is recognized that these individuals are not the only ones affected by their challenges; they are not in this journey alone. They are a part of families and other social networks. These other networks are an integral part of the individual’s life and recovery and as such should be considered and included in the recovery process.

 This sharing of “hope and healing” is characterized by the following foundational principles:

  •  Enlighten:to share information with others so as to teach them something that they did not previously know, or to assist them in recall of previously known information, in order to allow them to improve the state of their lives.
  •  Encourage: To give help or to inspire with courage. In other words, offering a hand to another whom has slipped and fallen along their way and helping them to get back to their feet.
  •  Inspire: To influence, exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on, to spur on or motivate. Continuing from the previous thought, once the individual has gotten back on their feet; to inspire is to walk alongside and urge them on in their journey, rooting them on saying “you can do it”.
  •  Instill Hope. To give, to share or impart hope. Hope is the belief that something good will happen and success is possible.
  • Empower: To promote the realization of the strength and courage that resides within, so as to believe in themselves and their potential for success.

This goal is achieved through a number of different avenues and techniques including, but not limited to the following:

  • Written materials

  • Motivational Speaking

  • Educational Workshops and Seminars

  • Personal Interactions – Face to Face, Telephone and Virtual (E-mail, Chat, Social Networks, etc.)

Posted January 12, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Hope, Recovery, Uncategorized, Update

PLEASE FOLLOW ME TO NEW and IMPROVED SITE!   Leave a comment

I have moved this blog to a new and improved sire. PLEASE come and continue to follow my posts there. I will not be further updating this site.

I look forward to seeing you there!!

hrtofhope.org

THANKS!

Gary

Posted December 10, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

God’s Not Dead   Leave a comment

http://heartshines.com/heartofhope/2014/04/01/gods-not-dead/

Posted March 31, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

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For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
John 3:17 (NIV)

If Jesus was our example and He life was characterized by love, and grace.
How can we claim to be his followers and have our lives be full of hate and condemnation?

What was the focus of the two great commandments that he left us with? LOVE.

That being said, who are you more attracted to?
person that is caring and compassionate or
someone that is rude and judgmental

How then can we expect those that are still in the world and surrounded by hate, judgment selfishness and disrespect to be drawn to us so that we can share Christ with them, much less have want to be a like us when we demonstrate the same attitude towards them as everyone else?

Jesus added this about us and love, “They will know you are my followers by your LOVE”. 

I like thinking of it as a word picture – When people look at us and watch how we live our lives what they should see is a big Sandwich Sign the simply reads, “Love Spoken Here”. We should be a walking talking breathing billboard that declares His love, grace and mercy for all that are willing to come to Him.

But if we as his Ambassadors are full of hate and condemnation then that is how others will perceive God to be. Thus we our attitude and behaviors push people away from Him rather than drawing them in.

We are to be IN the world, but not OF it so that we can let the light of His love the abides in us by the Spirit shine forth into the darkness and overcoming it.

Jesus himself never condemned or spoke negatively towards a sinner, All of his negative and corrective words towards those of the faith.

So let us truly be his hands and feet in our time and live and Love as He did and let’s see what kind of difference that we can make in the lives of those around us.

I know it sounds cliché, but I am reminded of for lack of better name for it the “WWJD Movement”.

Maybe it is time for us to refocus and start a new “movement.” “LLJC” – Love Like Jesus Christ or
Or even more simply “317” as in John 3:17.

Are you in?

I know I am!!

Posted March 27, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

Attitude IS Everything   Leave a comment

Attitude Is Everything

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth. Proverbs 14:6 (KJV)

When it comes to one’s ability to gain wisdom, attitude really is everything. Let’s begin by translating our base scripture into language that we can all understand. Here is my translation with some assistance from the Amplified version:

A know-it- all seeks to increase in wisdom and understanding, because of his pride and contemptuous attitude he is blind to seeing it and his ears are deafened to hearing and accepting good instruction, but he that is humble and teachable will gain wisdom and understanding with ease.

So what is wisdom and why is pursuing it so important?

Wisdom in the most basic sense is simply having the ability to take knowledge and experience and applying them in order to make good decisions that are right and provide for the betterment of the most people. In other words, wisdom is having “good judgment”, “common sense” or “insight.” That being said, who in their right mind would not want wisdom? The correct answer, “No one”. But then again as long as we are in this world, living our lives unto ourselves we are not in our right mind, because sin is yet still at work within us. Our choices and decisions typically are not concerned about the greater good or even on the future consequences. They are focused on what feels good, makes us happy, or meets our needs/wants right now.

Thinking a little more deeply, what is wisdom on a spiritual level? I like thinking of it this way, where we consider earthly wisdom to be “common sense”, Godly wisdom is “God Sense”. In other words, when one has Godly wisdom he has a God given understanding of a particular situation and can see it from God’s eyes and thus his choices have positive impact not only for the present but on the Kingdom. Here is another way to look at it, just as “Sin” is in each of us and is connection between us and our humanity, “Wisdom” by way of the Holy Spirit is within each believer and is a direct connection to God. So I ask again, who would not want and seek after this? I would hope and pray that the answer would be “no one”, but unfortunately, as we all know that is not the case.

That brings us to another question, “Why are there so many people that do not seek Godly wisdom?” My belief is that ultimately it comes down to one simple yet very powerful word “Pride”. That brings us to the point that “Attitude is everything”, especially as it relates to our desire and ability to gain wisdom.

As we look further into the same passage we see “a fool” or “fools” mentioned several times. One of the concepts that can be translated from the original Hebrew of this word is “arrogant one”. This would be very similar in meaning to the scoffer or scorner – One that fails, refuses proper respect to the point of despising the most sacred concepts including wisdom, piety and morality.

Simply put, our passage says it this way,

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

When one is full of pride, his arrogance blinds him to his own faults and spiritual needs. It leads into deception and ultimately to destruction.

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 14:12

The proud will never find wisdom because he is deceived in his “self”-confidence that he does not believe that he needs anything more. To attempt to convince him otherwise is only met with mockery and despise. In his pride he is deaf to hearing the truth and thus will never change his ways.

So, now that the attitude that keeps one from knowing wisdom is clear, What kind of attitude does one need to find it? Here again I share with you two simple yet very deep concepts – humble and teachable.

Interestingly, when we look at the definition of humble it is almost a perfect antithesis for proud.

  • not proud, not thinking of yourself as better than other people
  • given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people
  • showing that you do not think of yourself as better than other people

Something that I believe is important to point out: maintaining an attitude of humility in no way means one is lacking in self-esteem or confidence. It simply means that one does not feel that they are any better than anyone other individual.

Where a proud individual sees themselves as needing no help and knowing everything, one whom is humble readily acknowledges that he does not know everything and maintains open eyes, ears and mind willing and able to accept new information and guidance

John the Baptist, the selfsame man that baptized Jesus despite his great personal influence and following stated, He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30

When one stays humble then he helps keep the flesh under control and allows the “Spirit” of wisdom and thus the “God” in us to grow bigger and stronger.

In closing let me share a few additional benefits of staying humble:

Psalm 18:27 – You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.

Psalm 149:4 – For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

James 4:6 – But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

1 Peter 5:5 – In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:6 – Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.

Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

So as we can see scripture clearly conveys that an attitude of humility is more beneficial and pardon me for saying so but “wiser” than he that is proud and ultimately a fool.

So ask you my friends, “Which attitude will you choose?”

Posted March 23, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

SILENT TREATMENT   1 comment

My voice is silent;
My mouth speaks not a word.
I look at you and give a fake smile.
You greet me with a friendly “Hi”,
I just want to run and hide.
You ask, “How you doing”
I mumble, “I’m fine”
The pain in my eyes,
The tears on my cheeks,
If you look, you will see
That none of it’s true.

You see my hurt and
Realize my pain
But even then you don’t know what to say.
There are times like now when words are overrated.
Just be here with me.
Share you time, your heart, your love.
Just be silent with me
Let me just be
And let that be OK.

Your simple presence renews my hope
Reminds me that I am loved.
Restores my strength to fight again.
Regret not the smallest acts,
Sometimes they mean the most.

Posted March 17, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

The Paradoxical Journey   Leave a comment

Just because the path is difficult does not mean you are going the wrong way; just because it is easy does not mean its the right one either.
Don’t rely on what you feel or on the immediate outcomes of your choices to guide you.
They greatest rewards come to those who are patient and preserve.

Posted March 14, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

Love Covers a Multitude of Sins   Leave a comment

1st-stone

Posted March 12, 2014 by Hope in Recovery in Uncategorized

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