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The Power of Sacrifice in War and Recovery

Monday was Memorial Day in the United States, and Memorial Day is a day that communities and societies, they all get together in remembrance of those men and women who fought the ultimate fight and they were willing to sacrifice their own lives for the greater good. And when that happens I want you to hear this, that it’s important to pause and just think and just reflect on the impact that has had on our lives, but also the impact that it’s had on their lives. This is a family support group so when someone passes away it doesn’t just impact that individual, it impacts their spouses, it impacts their parents, it impacts their children. There are spouses that now have to figure out what am I going to do in life, how am I going to go continue this journey. There are parents that it’s not natural for a parent to to lose their child before themselves and children are now wondering what’s going to happen to me. So the impact that it has is huge and this isn’t just veterans in this country. It’s all over the world. I wanted to take a moment and see what type of lessons can we extrapolate and pull from this day and apply to our own lives with the intention of honor and respect there, but also with the intention of improving our lives and the quality of it.

Yes, War and Recovery are Different

Don’t get me wrong, I am well aware that fighting in a war and recovery are two separate things. So when I’m comparing Memorial Day in the lessons to the lessons we can apply in our lives and recovery I hope that you don’t take it as face value, but look at the underlying theme and the similarities that exist, not the differences. Because in life if you choose to look at the differences in anything in life, it’s really hard to be able to find value and a learning opportunity in that. But when you look at the similarities then the possibility for transformation, for growth, for healing exists. I’m going to go ahead and share six different lessons that we learned from Memorial Day and what it represents, and how we can apply those to our own lives, our own recovery, with the intention of making improvements in all those areas.

The Power of Sacrifice

What collective group of human beings demonstrates the willingness to sacrifice than those who have fought in the armed forces? The men and women of the military and by the way, if you are an active duty or a past military member I just want to thank you for your service. And if you have lost somebody as a result of that, I want to extend my own empathy and my compassion to you, and I stand with you in whatever grief that you’re still holding on to. I’m well aware of this grief process now personally, but much deeper than I was before. I’ve seen the impact that it could have on parents and siblings and children and spouses. So I just want you to know that there’s a lot of compassion here available and present to you if it’s something that you need to hear or if it’s a community of support that you need to be a part of. You’re very welcome here.

One of the things that always gets me when I’m watching a social media reel or something that it’s the moment that it’s a hidden video and in that hidden video there’s a little kid, a little boy, a little girl that might be in class. I’ve seen one in a karate studio, I’ve seen one in a baseball field, softball field. And the kid’s there and the camera’s kind of hiding and then as the kid’s doing whatever they’re doing, they’re talking to the class, or they’re doing some karate, or they’re swinging a bat, all of a sudden the mom or dad rolls up in their active duty gear and they just walk up to their kid and they embrace their kid, and the kid turns around. They can’t believe that the parent is there and I get goosebumps, man, that stuff gives me goosebumps. Because it shows the power of human connection, it shows the power of love, but also it shows the ultimate sacrifice. If you have someone in your life that you love that much and you could just tell that Mom or Dad just freaking loves their kid, you could tell that kid loves their parent. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do any deductive measures of analysis of what you’re seeing in the video. It’s right there and how do we know it’s right there? Because whoever watches it they feel the same way. It’s universal. It exists. It’s as true as the truest truth that exists.

Why is Sacrifice Important in Recovery?

But check this out. Despite of that love, despite of that connection, they still choose to go on and sacrifice. Now why is this important in recovery? Because there are things in our lives when we are trying to heal and recover that we must sacrifice. The question I always ask people in the recovery process is the following. Are you willing to sacrifice who and what you are for who and what you want to become? Are you willing to sacrifice the comforts, the repetitive nature, the way you’re living your life, are you willing to sacrifice it all in order to get uncomfortable, in order to grow, in order to experience a new life? Are you willing to? Some people are and some people aren’t. I’m telling you this – if you are in the recovery process your new life will cost you your old life. Are you willing to make that sacrifice? And if you want to know what that looks just look no further than those videos. I’m telling you. The power of sacrifice is so big because if you’re willing to take that risk, if you’re willing to put it out there, knowing that you may lose the things you love the most in life, yet you do it anyways, that’s powerful. That’s where you can transform, that’s where you can just experience a life unlike anything else. And I believe that that’s a very beautiful way to be able to see it.

Can you apply it to your own recovery? I mean, parents sometimes, you got to sacrifice your enabling behavior, sometimes you got to sacrifice the cape that you put on and become super mom, super dad, super spouse to go save and rescue somebody. Sometimes you might sacrifice sitting on the couch because you’re tired because you got to go do something for your mind, your body, and spirit. Are you willing to? They teach us really well. day in and day out, what that sacrifice looks like.

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Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.