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Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
 – Henry Ford

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
 – Chinese Proverb

When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present…we experience heaven on earth. – Sarah Breathnach

Our Journey August 2014 Newsletter here

The August issue of the Our Journey newsletter is available for your review and enjoyment. It has information about the 7th annual Recovery Celebration on September 30, the tobacco-free campus that is coming to NLCMH on September 15 in support of health and wellness, changes at New Beginnings Drop-In Center, and more. Enjoy!

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. – Pericles

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
 – Paul Boese

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today. – James Dean

July Action Group update here

Our July Action Group meeting focused on sharing about upcoming events, like the topics for the next round of mini-conferences in August, October and November; on the upcoming recovery celebration and details about nominating people for recognition awards and volunteer opportunities; and on taking action as individuals on stigma. We reviewed a great article, Mental Health: The Stigma is Real by Amber Charette and talked about what we can do to make a difference. Here are the July Action Group meeting notes for more information. The next Action Group will be on Wednesday, August 13 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, via video conference among Traverse City, Cadillac, and Grayling.

For those interested in getting involved with the Sept 30 Recovery Celebration, here are the important forms:


Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. – Harriet Tubman

The Power of Listening

Linda Zeller

Lynda Zeller, the Deputy Director for the Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Administration for Michigan Department of Community Health, published a great article, called The Power Of Listening, about the importance of telling your story and listening to others in these times of great change.

If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of seriously harming themselves or someone else, call 911.


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