INTRODUCTION by Joseph Shanklin I spend a lot of time [daily] working my own self inventory processes. I choose to make the conscious decision to identify my personal shortcomings. Furthermore, I make the choice to make improvements towards those shortcomings. Please allow me to demonstrate my priorities... 1] Sobriety 2] Self-improvement I see it like … Continue reading When Did Fat Become An Insult [Ashley Austrew]
DAMAGES Avoiding pain is natural. In fact, that's why it's there. Pain is a signal to the brain letting us know that something is wrong. Through our efforts to avoid the uncomfortable we protect ourselves, our hearts, and sometimes our lives. It's in this way that most people understand and cope with pain. Whether healthy … Continue reading Damages [Spring 2019]
When I was told Thursday evening that I would not be working yesterday [Friday] morning, I replied with something along the lines of "I know". The feeling had been building all day Thursday, so it came as absolutely no surprise. For me, and probably for a lot of people, knowing is simply part of my … Continue reading Moment 2 Moment
Several months ago during a meeting with my probation officer, I made a prediction: If I fail the program and end up incarcerated, it will not be from relapse, but something much more difficult to prepare for, an event occurring on the city streets. For anyone living and working in the City Of Denver Colorado, … Continue reading Keeping Your Power! [Universe University]
Recently, as part of a required exercise for an Outpatient Substance Abuse Group that I attend, a made an interesting discovery. The instructions were as follows: If I had been told that I was going to die in 1 year, what would my goals be? I had to do the same for 5 years, and … Continue reading Life vs Death
Hmmmmm...this piece ended up being something completely different than originally intended. 😉 Last year  was a year of undisputable accomplishment. Why is it undisputable? First: Over the next few weeks I'll reach several one year anniversaries, including my sobriety from drugs and alcohol, 100% compliance with the terms of my probation, not being homeless, … Continue reading Cross Modal Neuroplasticity [and more]
The feeling is one of a kind, seeing a transformation take place after someone has been Blessed by one or more people, and those Blessings have been granted. For some, life begins after Blessings. J.E.S. 1/2/2020
Day 1, Thought 1 Sometimes I run my left thumb along my left ring finger, just to check to see if it's still there. Of course, my wedding ring hasn't been there for several years. Nearly five years past, not long before I was forced from my home of over ten years, the ring was … Continue reading Day 1, Thought 1
Before I get sidetracked, I'd like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that all of you, have a safe and fantastic New Year, and I wish all of you many Blessings! Sidetracked... Questions...that's what on my mind as we begin the New Year. Am I prepared? Are we ready? I believe 2020 promises to … Continue reading Before I get sidetracked, I’d like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Such a powerful image!