david_carrA journalist I featured in an earlier blog, David Carr, died unexpectedly last Thursday. A New York Times columnist, a truth-teller, a man after my own heart and a man publicly in long-term recovery, he wrote a book chronicling his addiction and recovery.

Here’s a quote he left us with:

“The chronicity of addiction is really a kind of fatalism writ large. If an addict knows in his heart he is going to use someday, why not today? But if a thin reed of hope appears, the possibility that it will not always be so, things change. You live another day and then get up and do it again. Hope is oxygen to someone who is suffocating on despair.”