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Holy Recovery, Batman!

recovery lessons from the batman trilogy

This week, we binge watched the Batman Trilogy at our house. I’ve seen these three movies before…more than once. This time, for some reason, I kept hearing recovery messages. I originally annotated these lines and then I realized they needed no editorial comments from me. They stand alone...and they stand for us.

Bruce Wayne: You’re afraid that if I go back out there, I’ll fail.

Alfred: No. I’m afraid that you want to. - Dark Knight Rising

*** Rachel: Bruce . . . deep down you may still be that same great kid you used to be. But it’s not who you are underneath . . . it’s what you do that defines you. - Batman Begins

*** Alfred Pennyworth: I wouldn't presume to tell you what to do with your past, sir. Just know that there are those of us who care about what you do with your future.- Batman Begins

*** Batman: A hero can be anyone -- even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended,” - The Dark Knight Rises

*** Harvey Dent: The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming. - The Dark Knight

*** Batman: I have one power. I never give up. - Dark Knight Rises

The shows are over. We turn off the TV. Time to clean up the popcorn and movie candy. Back to real life…

…where I am beginning to understand that we, too, can live as the heroes we are meant to be with the superpowers we were meant to have. We are in recovery and, as Batman reminds us, we never give up!

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