During these long days of approaching winter and the many holiday celebrations of light to come, reflect on the words attributed to Yoko Ono: “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” These words echo a catchphrase of the Boston Bulldogs Running Club -- in isolation we suffer, together we heal.
Both are true.
We are healthier and more ourselves in community than outside of it. Also, our individual “dreams” of recovery remain dreams until they are shared. Through community and fellowship, dreams become real.
In my first few weeks with the Boston Bulldogs, I met a young woman in recovery who shared that her family, for the first time in many years, had begun to hope again for her future. They had been disappointed so many times before but the length and quality of her sobriety with the Boston Bulldogs was causing them to tentatively reassess—and cautiously embrace—the possibility of a future for their daughter. The dream is becoming real.
She and her family members are just some of the thousands who, over the years, have been touched by this extraordinary organization and its powerful mission. This small non-profit with a mighty reach promotes running, community, wellness and recovery and, in doing so, casts a great light upon the darkness of addiction, stigma and despair.
This holiday season, we are especially thankful for the community of the Boston Bulldogs and to each of you who shares in our mission and help light up the darkness.