From the January 2017 magazine.

Hidden gifts

A strange series of unexpected events led to a decision that changed her life

One afternoon when I was still drinking, I hiked up a mountain after an argument with my husband. I was sad because during the fight, I had thrown my wedding ring into the yard. Later we attempted to find it, but never did. I remember standing at the top of the mountain with a beer in my hand, looking all around at the beautiful views. I was all alone. I began reflecting on how awful my life had become. My one-person pity-party continued on until my beer supply ran out. Then the dreaded time came when I had to leave there and go home.

I hated my life. My son didn’t want to live with me. He had stayed in California with my mother when I had abruptly decided it would be a good idea to do a geographic. That’s how I had ended up in Bend, Oregon.

-- Deborah M.

Carson City, Nevada, USA

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