As we complete one year and begin another, I want to acknowledge that the many successes of recovery that occurred in the last year were made possible through both the extraordinary commitment and great skill of the community of St. Joseph’s employees and members of St. Joseph’s Fellowship, and the hard work and courage of the individuals and families we serve.
I also share in the optimism of our community for the many opportunities that lie ahead in 2020, including hope for new futures free of addiction for St. Joseph’s residents and their families.
As well, a number of our residents expressed their feelings this past week for what lies ahead through songs, poems, and short stories.
So, to begin the new year, I share Matthew L.’’s thoughts through his inspirational poem, “365”.
Be the rising Phoenix of the new year,
climb from the ash of past with no fear.
Let go of shame, guilt, and self-doubt,
look deep for positivity and find a new route.
The past cannot and will not ever change,
though your future can in quite a massive range.
All it takes is a desire to do better,
and a bit of resilience like a go-getter.
Don’t feel it will happen all in a night,
set goals and obtain them how you feel is right.
Use the past to fuel your redirection,
this new year could be a resurrection.
If it doesn’t happen as planned, don’t shed a tear,
keep in mind that there was always a new year.
– Matthew L.
I am also pleased to share with you the thoughts for the new year by Rose Hill resident, Anthony P. His work is entitled,
“How Have I Changed Throughout My Stay at Rose Hill?”
1. I am now able to see that there is more to life than getting high.
2. I have overcome hopeless and helplessness and am finding reasons to succeed.
3. I am figuring out what is unique to me and learning to love myself.
4. I can’t control what people think of me, only how I react.
5. No one is perfect, even me. I need to be tolerant and forgiving of myself and others.
6. I need to use failures as teachable moments. If I don’t act on the things I can change, then what am I?
7. I need to take life one day at a time. How am I going to make the best out of today?
8. I can’t just talk and dream about the future. I need to plan how I am going to get there.
9. Life isn’t going to be handed to me. I must work for the things I want.
10. Life – especially my life – isn’t so bad and could be worse. I need to practice gratitude.
11. There is no shame in asking for help. It’s the responsible thing to do.
12. I need to manage my own life before I can manage someone else’s. I can’t micromanage everyone I encounter.