Breaking the Cycles of Dysfunction, it's the obligation of every Mother and Father. Addiction, Molestation, all patterns of Abuse, and anything else classified as Dysfunction. As parents, we must devote ourselves to stop the madness. Otherwise, what the f**k are we doing as parents? Something I love about my wife, and the mother of my … Continue reading Never Give Up Or Surrender!
Before I accepted my current employment, I'd been working in the field of Traffic Control for some time. Throughout the last two months with that organization, we'd been working overnight for two months. At the beginning of each shift, we had been expected to stretch for 15-20 minutes as part of our safety meeting. Now, … Continue reading I Missed The Sign
When my wife asked me, "how do you know you love me," my brain began to spin out of control? I immediately kicked off an answer in the form of an essay. On the one hand, the answer is a story spanning more than 30 years of my life. At the same time, the answer … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her?
Even though I've worked extremely hard for everything I have, never again will I take anything for granted. I know what it's like to lose it all. I've experienced being completely alone, with absolutely nobody calling or caring. Like an island castaway, the depths of that loneliness cannot be fully explained. The fall left me … Continue reading Take Nothing For Granted
Remaining on your path can be compared to the perfect timing of green traffic lights. The synchronicity feels fantastic! If you continue to hit red lights, it may be time to signal right or left. Joseph Shanklin December 28, 2020
Tonight I'll be flying to Houston to spend Christmas with my wife and children. I am blessed. The virus cannot stop Christmas! The media cannot stop Christmas! The government cannot stop Christmas! Nothing can stop Christmas! Merry Christmas to you and your family. May this holiday bring all of the joy and blessings that you're … Continue reading Merry Christmas Everyone
Title: DAMAGES Avoiding pain is natural. In fact, that's why it's there. Pain is a signal to the brain, informing us that something is wrong. Through our efforts to avoid the uncomfortable, we protect ourselves, our hearts, minds, and sometimes our lives. It's in this way that most people understand and cope with pain. Whether … Continue reading Damages [Re-posted From Spring 2019]
Part VI Words spoken by my wife have laid the foundation for more than one facet of my life. Before her, I had never heard [life's lessons]. I hadn't considered the word [signs] in respect to my life. In the beginning, I scoffed at my wife's attempts to trigger a spark within my thick-skulled brain. … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part VI]
The Voice of Addiction Copied from my Newsletter Column. If you are an addict, chances are you know about the little voice. What's the little voice? You know, that whisper in the back of your mind telling you it's going to be okay. Sadly, it's not going to be okay unless you learn how to … Continue reading The Voice of Addiction [Copied from my Newsletter Column]
Part V Now more than 20 years later, I've become the man my wife wanted and prayed for me to be. All of this time, it's been her words echoing within my mind, driving me to become a man who honors his wife and children. Since we first met more than 30 years ago, we've … Continue reading How Do I Know That I Love Her [Part V]