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“Class, I’d like you take out a pencil and paper and begin work on your story.”

Remember those creative writing assignments you had in school?

The entire class was given a subject, a setting and a problem and from these three items, you had to construct a story. The beginning was always the hardest, as most beginnings are, but in no time, you hit your stride. Some stories were fanciful, some exciting, some sad. And while they were all different, they were all the same in that each story was directed by the hand that wrote it.

We’re grown up now. Many have left the world of creative writing assignments far behind, while others of us still like to dabble. But it doesn’t matter if we never put pen to paper again…

For we all still have a story. Every one of us. It’s the story of who we are; it’s the story of Life: disappointments and joys, struggles and dreams.

Some stories fill a 10,000 page 3-volume set, while others happily fill the pages of a small pocket digest.

But no matter the size of the story, they all share a common thread:

They are ALL important.
They are ALL worth telling.
They ALL matter.

But the similarities don’t end there. For the biggest similarity, the thing we ALL have in common, is that the ending to the story has not yet been written. It might seem, at times, that it has, but if you could look far enough in the back of the book, you’ll see nothing but blank pages. Beautiful, clean, blank pages waiting for you to fill.

And no one can write your story for you. That’s the beauty of it. You get to decide what goes on those pages. And if you make a mistake, if you come up with a better idea, you can always change it.

Your story matters.
Because it’s about you.


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Inconveniences come into our every day lives at the worst possible times, which make sense; if they arrived when we were ready for them, they wouldn’t be called inconveniences.

They knock us off course a little bit because they interrupt a schedule, a timeframe:
having to stop for gas when you’re  running late for work
the shoelace that breaks right before a meeting
waiting all day for the repair guy to come fix your refrigerator
finding out at 9pm that your child signed you up to bring cookies to school the next day for the ENTIRE CLASS

And because these things never happen at a good time, it’s easy to lose perspective and categorize them as “problems.” We all do it.  But they’re not…they are just inconveniences and they will fly out of our lives as quickly as they flew in.

So when faced with that unexpected interruption to your day, remember it’s not a problem-it’s just a temporary inconvenience.
(And if you happen to be up at midnight making cookies for your child’s class, make sure you save yourself a couple. After all, inconveniences can still have their perks.)



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We hear success stories quite a bit and usually, they focus on the same type of successes.

We hear the great success stories of those who have battled weight loss. The stories are usually splashed across magazines in the grocery aisle and those who have lost the most quite often make it to the talk show circuit.
We also hear success stories of those who have obtained a physical fitness goal; running a 5k or planking for 10 minutes.
Stories also seem to circulate about those who have achieved entrepreneurial success: newspaper boy to newspaper owner, for instance.

Success stories are wonderful, for they encourage all who hear them. But there are other success stories equally if not more important. They are the stories of recovery told by those who struggled, found treatment and then, found success. It’s these stories we celebrate this September during National Recovery Month.

In its 25th year, Recovery Month “promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.” Simply put, Recovery Month is about spreading the message that behavioral health is a crucial part of overall health. They go hand in hand. It’s the message that “prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can, and do, recover.”

This year’s theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out” and on Saturday, September 20, from 11am-1pm, we invite you to join us at Garrison Park at the Cottonwood Recovery Celebration. We’ll have live music, a free lunch, and stories from those in our community celebrating recovery.

So while September is dedicated to promoting Recovery, remember…you can Speak Up and Reach Out…always.WebBannerRectanglePINTHISspectrum healthcare ©2014

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