I am enrolled in 15 hrs of colllege at Lone Star College here in Montgomery county Texas. I am having to relearn math wich is sooo fun, let me tell you. Ok that was sarcasim. Math is not that fun! It is rewarding to put forth the effort it takes to learn it. I mean when I do well on the test, it feels good.I feel like I accomplished something great when I do well on the test. I have made B's on all my test so far, so Im pleased with that. In every other class I have A's!!! I have made an A in every class so far, thats a miracle all by itself!!!
On the 29th of this month I will have been clean and sober for 3 years! I will celebrate by doing something special for myself as well as by reaching out to another who is still lost in addiction. I have come a long way in my life. Well I should say that the Lord has blessed me tremendously since I started to include Him in my life. I give Him all the credit. I definitely recognize that the Lord has carried me through and blesses me with the strength necessary live a sober life. I started a routine of praying daily when I was in rehab. I continue to pray each day today and I feel stronger every day. Yes some days are better than others, but life was not meant to be happy always. If we didnt experience bad we wouldnt be able to recognize and appreciate the good. We all have good days and bad days! I live by the motto that our lives are 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. In other words our attitudes will make or break us. My motto is STAY STRONG, STAY POSITIVE, AND LOVE LIFE!!!
I have also included physical exercise into my recovery. I exercise in some way 6 days a week. I get stronger every day in every way! In fact I tell my self out loud some days, "I am getting stronger every day in every way!" And I feel strengthened just by saying those words. I still have a dream to play golf at the highest level and I practice golf almost every day. This keeps me sane! Golf is my therapy! so what Im saying is that we need to find something that were passionate about in life and make time to do it. I am saying that we need to first get our own self together and then reach out to help others. Someone once said "One drowning man cant save another drowning man". This is why I work so hard to keep myself strong in every way. I also dont pretend that im perfect because Im far from it. I am in no place to judge anyone nor do I. I believe that every soul is of great worth. I also tell my self sometimes, "Im far far from perfect, but Im ok". I think we all need to encourage ourselves every day. we need to tell ourselves positive things. We need to be our own cheer leader.
I am also saying that this life is a battle, a spiritual battle. We need to be execising physicallly and spiritually. We exercise spiritually by praying and reading the scriptures and serving others. I specificly ask God to bless me with spiritual strength. We exercise physically by walking, running, lifting, swimming, ect... I am so much stronger and happier because of the exercise that I do daily. I try to run atleast 2 miles a day. I am sharing these things with you because these are the strategies that have worked for me and I know they will work for you too. I also am sharing these things because I have been informed that most people that read this blog love to hear aout my personal life.
So a quick story about me: The other day I was running my 2 mile run amd I started down a road Ive never ran before. I was running along when I saw a shiny dime on the road. I thought to my self "why dont you run back and pick up that dime?" Then I thought , " Oh its just a dime, you dont need that". Then I went a few more steps and the thought came more powerfully, "GO BACK AND PICK UP THAT DIME". I thought to my self "this is weird, maybe that dime is like some secret token to protect me in some way". I thought "Ok this is weird, but the thought had come again even stronger this time. So I turned and ran back to pick up the shiny dime. Then I continued to jog and about 100 yrds down the road all the sudden this vicious looking female Pitt-Bull came running at me with full force!!! I saw another pitt-bull running at me from another angle!!! Oh my Lord, Im about to be attacked!!! One Pit-bull was yanked back by its own chain, luckily he was tied up. But the female Pitt was growling and was not on a chain. She was in attack mode!!! I have been around pitt-bulls my whole life, so I know that they can be extremly sweet, loyal, loving dogs. I also realize that they can be killers. Well, I immediately stopped running when her nose was headed for my crotch!!! All of the sudden she put her nose right up against the pocket that I had that shiny dime in and she calmed completly down!!! I spoke very sweet and calm tones to her and she stuck her nose in my crotch once again, but stayed calm. Then she put her nose again up against that shiny little dime... Now Im not forsure, but I cant help but think that turning around and picking up that shiny dime gave the Angels around me time to act. Im not forsure exactly what happened, but Im pretty dang sure that there was a higher power and angels of some sort protecting me from this vicious pitt-bull. I know dogs and I know something changed this dogs entire demeanor in a mattter of seconds, She went from attack mode to chill mode in a moment. Lets just say that Im grateful to have my konands still in tact...lol Im pretty sure she was about to lock her jaws on my crotch!!! I feel that I was protected that day, and Im thankful for that. I choose a diffirent route on my run now too!! I hope that yall enjoy hearing about my life and that you are uplifted and encouraged in some way. I write this in hopes that someone somewhere will choose to live a better life and find true hope in their life. Faith, Hope, and Love are some good things He gave us and the greatest is love!! STAY STRONG, STAY POSITIVE, LOVE LIFE!!!
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
What is true Hope??? From TRUE SOLDIERS IN GOD'S ARMY:
In step 2 we begin to realize that Jesus Christ can and will deliver us from the spiritual prison that we call addiction. This step is about hope. What is hope? Hope is that feeling of confidence that we get inside that helps us look to the future with confidence and with a positive attitude. The attitude that we have as individuals is so important, because it will impact your life in so many ways and on so many levels. A man by the name of Charles Swindoll said it best when he said, “The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude…I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our attitudes”
When you have a positive attitude then your recovery process will be so much easier and you will be much more willing to take action. Your attitude will make or break your recovery! When my nephew Travis was in the car accident and had a severe brain injury, he couldn’t walk, or eat, he had to start over in life. If anyone ever needed to have hope in life it was him. Henry B. Eyring wrote a letter to Travis about hope. In his letter he said, “Hope is a feeling of confidence that comes from faith in Jesus Christ that everything will work together for your good if you put your trust in Him.” As we learn what it means to be a true soldier in God’s army we will put our trust in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. He is the only one that has the power to restore you to complete spiritual health.HAVE HOPE MY FRIENDS....HAVE THAT FEELING OF CONFIDENCE THAT THIS LIFE ONLY LEADS TO A BETTER LIFE. HAVE THAT FEELING OF CONFIDENCE THAT YOUR SOUL IS SPECIAL TO A LOVING FATHER IN HEAVEN. HAVE THAT FEELING OF CONFIDENCE THAT YOUR LIFE IS FULL OF PURPOSE AND MEANING. YOU ARE A MIRACLE...YOUR LIFE IS A MIRACLE IN AND OF ITSELF. STAY STRONG STAY POSITIVE AND MOST OF ALL LOVE LIFE!!!