Riding that Bike – it can take a few spills
“Yesterday’s failures are today’s seeds
That must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest
Tomorrow’s success.” -Anonymous
My mind flashed back to his recent Dec 2011 relapse and thought how well his sobriety seems to be progressing today ( June 2012). I was happy to relay the hope and news of his “good health” to my friend. She had heard of his relapse and replied “that was fast”. I agreed and said to her “Relearning how to get sober was far easier than getting the handle on his first sobriety.”
It took my son many spills and trips to get an idea of how to balance the bike of sobriety. Then he rode for a while and crashed that bike. However it was far easier for him to get back on the bike having grasped the concepts of balance and sobriety in his early attempts of recovery. Are there days that his bike wobbles? Sure I see that too. But there are days when my recovery is a tad shaky as well.
As a parent I hope his current ride is a long one and that he maintains his balance. I have watched enough of his journey to know I cannot put my feet upon his pedals. The journey is truly his. For those parents new to this bike path whose kids are falling down on their bike, give it time. These kids can potentially become the kid you see speaking at your local parent group offering recovery and hope. Bikes and recovery can be tricky to learn but there are many people out riding today.
peace and strength
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