Alone we are a drop, together an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro

There is so much to stand up for, to fight for. It is different for all of us.   What is it that will push us from our comfort zone, to rise up and make a difference? The causes go on and on. Fighting for health reform, rising up against addiction and its stigma, fighting for gun control, standing up against bullying, the good fight against global warming, no GMOs, equality in the work place, #nomore #metoo.

Well, alone we are only one drop. But every drop counts! How do we unite to support each other in the campaign to fight the fight. Well, I don’t know. I have been spending the better of two years writing a manuscript titled, Dear Jack, a love letter. It is the journey of my and my son Jack’s life together, loving, fighting, times of peace and times of war.

I have felt very alone in front of my computer transcribing our life over the past two years, in an effort to help someone in the throws of addiction or for those grieving a loss or just to know you are not alone. It feels pretty vulnerable to put your beautiful and ugly life out into the world, but I am doing it for Jack. I am doing it for me too, because once I started to put my message of grief and healing out into the world I have received much back.

I have received other families struggling with addiction, suffering from loss. And now I don’t feel so alone. I am a member of a club I didn’t want to join. But now I feel the strength of the ocean, not the drop. I feel I can join forces with larger structured organizations and support their like mission, to end the stigma of addiction and standardize care and not get splintered off into my own stuff, my one drop.

What ever you stand for, whatever fight you are willing to fight, don’t go it alone. Find your people, your tribe. Together we can make change happen.

“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” ― Mother Teresa