Yoda said it best, "the greatest teacher, failure is." When I think about my greatest strengths, I remember my greatest mistakes and failures. Joseph Shanklin October 16, 2021
It's a well established fact; not all Drug Addicts are Dirt Bags. Furthermore, not all convicted Drug Offenders are Dirt Bags. That said, many of them are Dirt Bags or worse. For Convicted Drug Offenders, I believe there should be a balance between enforcing consequence and allowing someone to keep their dignity. Keep in mind, … Continue reading Who Wants To Watch People Pee? Gross!
I'm currently writing and will post the following this weekend. Moments in live traffic. I've seen too much at work. Why would someone volunteer to look at . . . Joseph Shanklin September 30, 2021
Sometimes I want to scream to the Universe, "thank you!" My soaring level of gratitude cannot be measured. Happy endings and miracles happen. Prayers are answered. The answer is always yes. With each passing day, I'm one step closer to joining my family in Texas. Pictured: I traveled to Texas last weekend. My wife and … Continue reading Day At The Beach
What does it take for someone to heal? How do we become happy and healthy? Depending on whom we speak with, the answers to these questions may vary. Regardless of what path to happiness we choose, firmly believe honestly is required. How can we move forward without speaking the truth to others and ourselves? We … Continue reading Owning Our S**t
I'm edging closer to joining together with my family in Texas. My wife and kids [and three dogs] are patiently waiting for me to get my butt down south. Everything hinges on my job search. I'm nearly there. If you missed my last post, I've moved back into a Sober House. I needed a place … Continue reading Yes, My Roommate Has Covid. So What?
Following years of unfortunate separation, I reunited with my wife and two children twelve months ago. We've been enjoying a long-distance relationship between Colorado and Texas for the past year. Every few weeks, I fly to Houston and spend a few days down south with my family. Global Pandemic be damned, I'm not scared to … Continue reading Preparing For The Move To Texas
I haven't posted anything for more than one week. I don't think this has ever happened before. I'm still here, but I've had my hands full. Including a trip to Texas to see my family. I'll be posting very soon! Joseph Shanklin September 2, 2021
For more than 18 months, I've been journaling my dreams upon waking up. I've labeled this experiment [The Crash Report]. For this process to work, I must put my thumbs to my cellphone as soon as I open my eyes. Otherwise, the majority of my dreams fade into oblivion within seconds. Possibly due to the … Continue reading Dream Journal Crash Report [Japanese Language]
Recently, a friend asked me, "how long have you been sober?" Until that moment, I'd lost track of my clean time. Only after a brief pause was I able to calculate and answer, "two and a half years." Addicts choose sobriety and recovery for a variety of reasons. These reasons are a common subject of … Continue reading Sober Is Power