In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.
I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be.
This is the inter-related structure of reality.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
My fight for my recovery is MY fight, but it is not my fight alone, and it will not bring recovery for only me. It is so much bigger than I can understand. This fight has been hard, long, and it has blessed my life in amazing ways. I know it has blessed others.
I don't want to sound arrogant, so I hope it doesn't come across that way, but I know that my experiences have changed the Johnson's lives. It has changed and blessed Dann's life. It has given me compassion for others that I can only assume has helped them. My sister's husband is dealing with huge struggles at the moment. He is depressed. He doesn't want to get out of bed. He doesn't want to do anything. I have compassion - I don't understand completely, but I ache for him. I ache for my sister, and I hope I have been able to comfort her. I couldn't have done that two years ago.
I also believe that others' journeys have changed me and blessed me. BJ, Dann, Mellen, Lauren, Amanda, Katie, and so many others have blessed me by reaching out to ask for my help. That is a key part of the plan of salvation. That is the way the Lord works.
I truly believe, "I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be."