“I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.” —Marlene Dietrich

I often get asked how Recovery Talks got started, why I write them, and what the point is of using someone else’s quote. It seemed fitting to answer this using a quote because it explains so much.

Recovery Talks got started when I was the Recovery Month Champion for RI International. I was honored with the opportunity to spend an entire month sewing into the staff and it’s something I’m very passionate about. I wrote daily emails using a quote as a foundation and my own perspective written after that. Next thing I know Hope Inc. Stories asked me to help write what are now called Recovery Talks!

Why do I write them? Because my passion is people. My life goal is to create positive change every opportunity I get. What better way to do that than by pouring myself out in the hopes that my words help just one person? This quote by Marlene Dietrich perfectly answers, “What is the point of using someone else’s quote?” question. I have so many thoughts, feelings, and perspectives but I don’t always have the best words to express them. There are much more eloquent people who speak the truths I want to convey. I love being able to communicate my own thoughts after seeking the wisdom of someone else. It brings community, hope, wisdom, and passion to what I get to do right here each week.

My challenge to you is two parts: First, ask yourself, why not seek the wisdom of others to help me succeed in my world? Second, find a quote that sparks passion or challenge and share it with me! Maybe your quote will be the next Recovery Talk to impact someone else.

Sarah Deats

Sarah Deats is a Behavioral Health Technician at RI International and the Hope Inc. Stories Inspiration Engineer.