In a little less than two weeks, I am gratefully celebrating 10 years sober. It’s truly only one day at a time, but this one has really been causing me to do a lot of reflecting.
A lot of reflecting. Some days…maybe even too much reflecting.
Anyway, people often ask me, “What are you gonna do on your anniversary to celebrate?” and my response is always, “Probably go to a meeting!” My favorite way to celebrate my recovery, every day, is to be with people in recovery.
But this one feels different.
And just this morning in my meditation, I realized what I want to do on April 14th this year.
I want to go to Fitchburg, Massachusetts for the day.
I want to see Mark Leary, I want to see Chief Martineau, I want to see Judge Locanto, and I want to see Jimmy.
Mark was my partner on the grant when we went to the ER every day to help people who had just experienced an overdose. This is where the inspiration for how Tipping Point™ began.
Chief Martineau tirelessly tried to do things differently in his community. He asked me to go with his officers in his police cars and ride along, stopping people on the street to offer them help.
Judge Loconto would see me sitting in his courtroom with people, supporting them in early recovery, and he would always help them find treatment over jail.
One day an officer and I knocked on an apartment door to offer help. That’s when I met Jimmy.
So after this morning’s meditation, I emailed the judge, the chief, and my friend Mark to let them know I will be there for the day and would love to see them. Within minutes, I got a text on my phone from a number I didn’t recognize.
It was Jimmy. ❤️
Jimmy was sitting next to Mark in Mark’s office when my email came in, because it turns out Jimmy now works with Mark in recovery!
Jimmy left jail with nothing. Absolutely nothing. Look where he is today. Someone in early recovery needs only 2 things — love and recovery support. That’s it.
The smile this brought to my face, the tears this sprung to my eyes, and the love it filled in my heart! ❤️
This is what I want to do on my anniversary.
Fitchburg, I can’t wait to see you!! ❤️❤️