— Ron Thomas, Onondaga Elder from Six Nations”
"I have been sober for two years straight today. It has been an amazing journey that has forced me to confront many things about myself that I didn’t like. I’ve learned that everybody drinks for a reason, and the people who drink the most have the most reasons. If you don’t understand the “why” then you will be doomed to repeat the cycle.
The memories of my previous lifestyle are still very fresh in my mind. Almost everything around me still reminds me of that time and, in that sense, I will never be able to forget the feeling and realities that prompted me to quit drinking. The memory of what I went through and who I used to be are still enough of a motivating factor to prevent me from going down that road again. I don’t think alcohol is inherently bad or that people are bad for drinking. I have plenty of friends who are able to drink and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, I was not one of them.”
I am very blessed for the life I am living now. I am thankful I put down the drinks because I am standing here today surrounded by love and learning to love back. And to think I wouldn’t have experienced this if I didn’t believe things would just get better if for that day, that hour, that minute did NOT pick up a drink.