What an incredible meeting of strong women we had! As I looked through the faces at Brookhaven Retreat Annual Alumnae Reunion to see which ones I recognized, one thing was truly notable. Every face was smiling, and behind every smile a story and a long journey leading to this day of celebrating recovery, fellowship, and continued strength for what lies ahead.
What a beautiful sound - laughter from every room - and a beautiful sight to see friends connecting. I saw faces that had overcome depression, fear, and anxiety… I met eyes that used to hold shame, but now shine with hope.
The words of one beautiful woman stay with me: “Life still happens around me, but I am in the middle, and I am calm.” To be able to say that you can remain steadfast, stable and strong despite life’s struggles is a terrific achievement. The tools taught at Brookhaven Retreat showed themselves in the air of confidence from every woman at this event, and I was honored to be among them.