Being Grateful


Luciana, Kevin, Robert, and Carla

Had a great week in my second, or is that my third home, in Hualcayán, Peru.  Was down to install some exhibits in the small museum that we opened this past summer.  But the real highlight was meeting with old friends, and especially seeing my new godson, Kevin, for the first time.  My Spanish now no longer completely sucks, and I am able to have some conversations with folks.  My Peruvian colleague and I were only up in the mountains for a few days, checking in with friends, lining up projects for the next year but we got a lot done.

I am grateful for this opportunity to give back and be in community with folks.  I reflect back some 30 years when I was trying to figure out how I could exist without alcohol.  And throughout the years, I could never have predicted what cool things that the past three decades of recovery would bring.  Five years ago, I had no idea I would end up on this new gig in Peru.

I have moved from a fear of drinking because of blackouts, job losses, insanity, to a knowing that with alcohol all the benefits of recovery go out the window.  I will climb back into the bottle and simply exist, not live.  I have learned, and firmly believe, that with recovery, all things are possible.  For that knowing, I am incredibly grateful.

2 thoughts on “Being Grateful

  1. Great picture. Cute kids. When I was just starting out sober, I half-listened to folks who said their lives were better than anything they could have imagined. I believed them, but that leap is hard to make, let alone put into words. It’s exciting to read about your adventures in Peru and the gratitude with which you receive them. Thanks for sharing here.

    • Thanks for your comment. I agree on the initial feeling when first getting sober. I was just trying to figure out how not to be totally insane. I could never have imagined how great life in sobriety could be. That is a message that I hear through so many folks who make a firm commitment to living in recovery one day at a time. And all of those folks have their “special circumstances” they COULD fall back on as excuses on why their lives are different and they can’t stay in recovery, but instead they CHOOSE to live into the solution instead.

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