On my birthday yesterday, both a baby was born into our family and a fellow was taken by addiction. During this past year of feeling my highest and lowest almost simultaneously, I struggled deeply to even remember the feeling of balance. Just after I blew out my candles, wishing for a more centered faith in God's plan, I once again feel split between the extremes of human emotion. Free in complete gratitude and then haunted with absolute shock. All that I can decipher is that it's time... Time to truly Love each other for the precious souls we are from the day we enter this earth and let no death from alcoholism be in vain; there is no more research needed, we have all the proof necessary to know wholeheartedly that this - is - a - deadly - disease. Teach our children that it's okay to feel, to speak, to be who they are and that they matter. We must forgive ourselves for the past and seek now to make a world that doesn't demand escape or promote detachment. Connect with each other today. Listen, share and help the next generation to break this cycle. Lead in a way so that they may grow from lessons we've learned without having to repeat behaviors that cause such suffering and choose daily to Live in the honor of those we've lost. #stay. #welcome. #rip. #love.