Someone once said ‘small steps in the right direction can turn out to be the biggest steps of our lives‘
For those of us living in recovery, this is familiar to us. It came to me when we embarked on a family walking group through Calderdale In Recovery (CiR) on a sunny Sunday morning. Adults and children with the obligatory dogs, Walter & Elliot.
The walk was easy and relaxing, circling the lovely shimmering waters of Ogden reservoir via woodland paths. It was a fabulous opportunity to chat with friends we know and to meet and chat with their loved ones who share the challenges of living with and loving a recovering addict.
Peace and fun was the order of the day, excited children and adults looking for Calderdale rocks and encountering the beauty of nature while searching for dock leaves to ease nettle stings and chasing dogs who decided to go walkabout. There were choices of routes and paths but one thing for sure was we were all heading in the right direction, together and enjoying the journey.
I thought of all the Sunday mornings wasted recovering from the night before, and what a joy the days are now.
Finally, we meet up with other more energetic pals on their bikes off on a long ride. We can’t all do the long walks (not yet at least), but we can all enjoy the fun of being well and of each others company, and our loved ones can enjoy the support and care that we have at our fingertips, in a relaxed way.
If you are new to recovery or an ‘old timer’ I’d thoroughly recommend one of the CiR organised short walks.
Next walk is Sunday 24th June. Keep an eye out on Calderdale in Recovery Facebook page for further walks.