Ripple of Hope
"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
–Senator Robert F. Kennedy, June 6th, 1966
Be the change. Be that "Ripple of Hope"
Don't let anyone tell you that you should give up or that the team your fighting is too big or too strong or better than you. We are fighting for peoples lives. We are fighting for more quality care. There are errors in the system that need to be fixed and we can do it together. There are no enemies. There is just misinformation and lack of integrity.
Bringing accountability is key to change in our health care system for substance abuse and mental health. Substance abuse is killing our friends and family. It is our responsibility to do something about it. whether big or small. It doesn't matter, the RIPPLE EFFECT could potentially help save the world from this gruesome disease of addiction. One small act of kindness. One small voice standing up against the stigma on addiction.
Let us truly break the stigma and stop putting people in boxes. Let us create "Centers of Excellence" to help heal people and their families holistically.
We have no idea how a smile or a friend sitting with you in your time of need can help change our entire perspective of life and change the course of our future.
People will tell you that "You are going to lose". Don't listen. Fight harder. Fight smarter. Get mentors that help you develop and mature in your craft. Purpose is the reason we do what we do. The purpose of helping people learn how to live again after they sober up and re-enter into society. This is not an easy task and the nay-sayers are everywhere. NEVER GIVE UP my friend. Keep moving forward with dignity and grace. I have my goals. Do you?
I have a vision of hope and light and joy and peace. We will get there together by embracing all cultures. Embracing each others differences and understanding addiction is a disease not a choice.
Choice to fight for the people that have no voice. The people that have died. The people that are in prison. They do not have a voice. We must share their stories and help bring them hope. It takes courage and faith to continue and stay the course.
Not many people continue fighting, but their are many that do and I am thankful for them and their positive messages that remind me yo keep going because this is not a lost cause.
Volunteer! Mentor a kid. Give someone a ride. Be a voice on the other end of the line. it is never to late and there is always hope. "Hope is a good this and no good thing ever dies" - Shawshank Redemption.
Addiction is not who I am. IT IS SOMETHING I have and have actively sought treatment for, for a long time. I believe I am in remission. I do not believe it will ever magically go away. I must continue to fight to make sure others know that they are not alone.
Continue to share your light, no matter how little. It will have a ripple effect and will make great waves of change. Remember you were made in the likeness of him and you are perfect the way you are.
If you can't find your light, ask for help. We will share ours til you find your own.