In my thirties I was alone and depressed. I was in a bad relationship; living far away from my children, living and working on the edge of Canada in the Province of Nova Scotia. I isolated myself from anyone who could or would be a friend. Dark nights, crushing days; I had no idea that life could get any better for me.
I was a therapist at the time, supporting individuals and families recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. I loved my work. I loved my clients. And, because I was fairly new to the fields of therapy and addictions I found my clients to be my best teachers. In fact, those that had been sober and working their Twelve Step program of AA, NA, or ALANON had something that I wanted: Serenity.
While studying to be a marriage and family therapist, I learned a lot of valuable skills, tools and theories related to being human, but serenity wasn’t part of the curriculum. Here, in the outermost edge of the Atlantic Coast I found a way out of those dark nights and crushing days.