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The support that I receive from people who read my blog and tweets is simply amazing. I am always humbled when people who I’ve never met in real life take the time to read my blog and offer suggestions to me when I clearly need help. I am grateful beyond words for the support that pours in when I open my heart and share my struggles here.

I was very nervous about the meeting with my son’s principal today for a number of reasons. What was I going to do if things didn’t go well? What would we do if the school told us they were unwilling to help? (Since it is a private school they do not have the same legal obligations as a public school). What would we do if they told us that we were being unreasonable? What if my temper came out as if had last week with the guidance counselor?

I was living in the wreckage of my future all weekend and even up until the meeting. I did my best to carry on and have some fun this past weekend, but truthfully I harbored concerns that things would not go well today.

And so, I was pleasantly surprised when the meeting went well. We have a plan. We have a path forward with the school. I was able to express my concerns and my frustrations without losing my temper and most importantly I am fairly sure that the principal understood where I was coming from.

Tonight, rather than feeling dread, I feel relief and hope.

Hope goes a long way.

There were days in early sobriety when hope that things could get better was all I had to keep me from picking up a drink.

Tonight I was reminded of just how powerful hope can be as I watched a young woman celebrate a year of sobriety. I can remember how down-trodden she seemed when she first started coming around. I saw her struggle. She stumbled several times, but somehow she kept hope alive in her heart. And that hope kept her alive. Today she is a bright light in the rooms, smiling, laughing, and staying sober one day at a time.

I’m hopeful for brighter days ahead for my son and my family. I know they are coming. We just have to keep working toward them. The path may be long and winding. We may not always be able to see through the dense forest or past the horizon. But with a little hope and faith, I am confident we can reach our destination.

8 comments on “We’re On a Path

  1. Shetha says:

    ❤ so happy to hear it was a good meeting! Hope it sets the tone for the whole spring season 🌷🍀🌸 (PS, after some deliberation I think my escape fantasy kicks in when i spend too many hours/day indoors!!!)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. damien says:

      Yes! My need to escape is certainly triggered by too much time inside as well!


  2. DREW5000G says:

    Hope and faith are strong factors, I was thinking about yesterday and today earlier, today right now is every thing, smiling writing, hoping, growing. Right now, stay up, best wishes

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Hearon (HD) says:

    Fantastic! And isn’t it cool to see those “former newcomers” make the progress we can recall so vividly for ourselves?

    Liked by 2 people

    1. damien says:

      It sure is cool! We are the luckiest.


  4. paul_jft says:

    Hopeful still! No matter what!🕉 👍🏽😎🚀🙌😍

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Cassieglows says:

    Oh I am so glad the meeting went well! I hope those feelings of hope carry you through your struggles.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Perfectly stated and powerful Damien. I am glad you are on that path with your son.

    Liked by 1 person

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