A Million Little Pieces
B. Beauty can be inspiring: Holding on to the things things one appreciates and finds beauty in can provide strength and courage.
C. Loneliness: Loneliness is crippling to the recovery process. It is better to have people who care for an addict there to support them and give encouragement. This can be the difference between recovery and relapsing.
I thought this passage was quite powerful and there was a lot of emotion behind it. It was Leonard's last few words to James before he left so it's also important in that sense especially because they were such close friends.
The Young Man came to the Old Man seeking counsel. I broke something Old man. How badly is it broken? It's in a million little pieces. I'm afraid I can't help you. Why? It can't be fixed. Why? It's broken beyond repair. It's in a million little pieces.
This is undoubtedly where the name of the book comes from. I chose this quote because it's a good metaphor to describe James's struggle. He has been through a lot and he is somewhat of a broken man. Even he thought that recovery wouldn't work for him because he was too damaged and felt hopeless. In the end, however, he found his own way to fix himself.
This section really caught my attention because everything James said is the truth. Addiction is labeled as a disease when it really shouldn't be. Diseases are things that people are afflicted with that they have no control over. Addiction is a decision a person makes to use or to take something in excess, sometimes harmful, sometimes harmless. Nonetheless, it is always that person's decision to say yes or no. It is up to the individual to use their willpower to look beyond the craving and the instant gratification and just say no.