Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.Anne LaMotte
We don’t need hope when things are chugging along as planned.
When circumstances are aligned with our goals we can go with the flow.
But when we hit a rock- hard challenge – like fallout from the family systems illness of addiction – threatening to take everyone and everything in our lives out — hope is essential.
Hope is the glimmer of light in the vast, black darkness.
Hope is the tiny voice in our pounding hearts that says: yes, when everything else says no.
In the midst of a family addiction crisis, when bright red flashing lights are announcing Systems Error every which way, hope may be the only assurance that somehow, some way your family will get to the other side.
In the crush of those circumstances, hope can be a very elusive.
That’s why we need Hope Growers in our lives.
When your family’s addiction circumstances are hanging out like raggedy old underwear on a clothesline, there are plenty of people who will be negative, judgmental and snarky about what’s happening.
What you need are the few trusted friends, family members and support team members that will keep a vision of hope alive.
During the years before our son decided to begin a recovered life, I was fortunate to have that trusted circle of Hope Growers to turn to.
Even when things were at the worst, and I felt like a broken human being because I could not help my son, that trusted circle kept telling me to pray and to believe that somehow change would happen.
I clung to their words. I prayed. I kept affirming in my heart that my son would find his way.
There was no other choice but to keep listening to that small voice the Hope Growers stirred in my heart.
And to keep walking towards solutions for our family.
There is always hope for recovery.
Seek out the Hope Growers to keep that promise alive.
Who are the Hope Growers in your life?
How do you keep hope alive?
Please share here. We can all be inspired by our collective experience, strength and hope.