During a very dark time, a friend told me, “Where there is life, there is hope.” I don’t know if he knew how profound those words were to me. In fact, I didn’t even know at the time. I just heard the words and applied them to my son’s situation.
At face value, the statement is so simple. Just seven words strung together telling me that, as long as my son is alive, there is hope that he will see the light — that he can give up his life of substance use.
Then I began to think: What does this really mean to me? What is the real meaning to that statement? After a lot of deliberation, I was able to find the truth in those simple words.
Life is not just about our child with addiction. “Where there is life, there is hope” applies to the parents’ lives, too. We can hope that our child will see the light and we can also hope for our own acceptance, peace and happiness. This statement applies to all of us and all of those we love.
When I look around, I see life all around me. A wife, daughter, mother, father, brother, sister, caring relatives and friends are everywhere I turn. That’s when it dawned on me: Where there is life, there really is hope.
What does that statement mean to you?