I want to take a few minutes to say "Good Morning" to those individuals who've struggled with loved ones addicted to drugs or alcohol. The people who have the love and patience to stand by the addicts' side throughout their battle with addiction. So often, we (bloggers) write about the pain and suffering of the … Continue reading Good Morning To Anyone Damaged By Those Who Are Damaged!
This was one of my first pieces of writing. At the time, I was still in my first year of sobriety. I've had a couple of people ask me about the meaning of 'Damages.' They feel I'm placing addicts on a pedestal. I surely don't set the average drug addict or anyone else on a … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]
Quote: Money is what we trade our lives for! Joseph Shanklin July 26, 2022
For those who have been reading this blog, you may know that I've been driving a tow truck and working as a First Responder for the past couple of years. Truck Before I moved to Texas from Denver in December, I spent my days patrolling the Interstate Highway and working alongside the Fire Department and … Continue reading Driving A Forklift While I Wait For My Test
Democrats across the country have been working to defund Police Departments. Cities like Austin and New York have reduced and reallocated Police Budgets. The results have been an increase in crime that cannot be denied. Democratic Mayors have yet to acknowledge the problem even exists. Interesting, the same people who want to defund The Police … Continue reading Only An Fool Would Defund The Police
Re-Posted from December, 2021. The following was copied from my column. I write for a treatment newsletter in Colorado. Close your eyes and allow your mind to scroll back to the past, back to the world of drugs and crime. Whether last month or last year, let's journey back to the inescapable emptiness of getting … Continue reading Acquiesce To Recovery
In 1939 Judy Garland and The Wizard of Oz made this line famous. Lions and Tigers, and Bears, oh my! Since then, these words have been hijacked repeatedly for a variety of reasons. First, I'd like to say the following has little to do with my previous drug use. In all of my life, I've … Continue reading Lions, And Tigers, And Bears!
When I launched this website three years ago, my early writings were emotional rantings, free of unnecessary roadblocks such as editing and the use of acceptable grammar. I remember an early comment referring to my ability to compress multiple paragraphs into one great paragraph. Or was it one giant run-on sentence? Now I can't remember. … Continue reading Seeing The Path
[Thoughts] Now in mid-June, I cannot help but look back at how much has transpired since I wrote this piece. Sober is still power! [Original Post] Twenty-four days after moving to Texas, I interviewed for and secured employment. This was five weeks ago. During those five weeks, I've had the opportunity to drive and operate … Continue reading Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement [Re-Post]
Lately, I've had to remind myself; that when one door closes, at least one more opens. I must keep looking. Possibly, and even typically, 1 to 3 doors will become available for those who continue to keep their eyes open. This is a good time for prayer. Joseph Shanklin June 13, 2022