I am not what I have done. I am what I have overcome.

Day 12810


Day 128

Today is a really special day for me, a day I will fill with reflection, gratitude and celebration.  It’s a day where I’m reminded of how far I’ve come, how much I’ve both changed and grown over the past 13 years.  It’s also a day where I remember dear friends and kindred spirits I’ve lost because of this disease, the ones who wandered off the path, stopped trudging; those who forgot that recovery led them out of hell, the ones who went back to a life of darkness, despair and loneliness.

It’s funny, as I sit here writing this post, I feel an overwhelming amount of gratitude for the many, many hours I’ve spent sipping crappy meeting coffee while sitting on a hard metal chair in a musty church basement.  I pray for all of the alcoholics and addicts who will never make it to one of those meetings and will die not knowing that there is a solution, salvation, a way out…

I chose this photo today because this is what I see in my mind when I close my eyes every morning and pray for another day of this amazing life.  This, in my mind, has got to be what heaven looks like, and without this way of life, I would not know this heaven on earth…

I captured this using my Canon 60D and EF 18-135 lens, manual settings at 1/400s, f5.6, ISO 320 handheld

“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself.  And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.” unknown

5 thoughts on “I am not what I have done. I am what I have overcome.

  1. spearfruit

    I am unsure if it is just me, but your photo is not displaying on this post. I have refreshed several times, but I do not see it. Congratulations on coming this far – something to be proud of, indeed. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. 🙂


  2. Pingback: I am not what I have done. I am what I have overcome. – theoneyearphotoproject.org

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