Journals [Embracing The Universe Part III, Choosing Ignorance Over Crazy]

Prelude: It's important to remember that I wrote this more than 18 months ago. The experience took place several years before that time. Yes, I realize this piece may sound . . . a little odd. 😊 Part II Recap: Even if I had known what was going to happen, I could not have prepared … Continue reading Journals [Embracing The Universe Part III, Choosing Ignorance Over Crazy]

Journals [Embracing The Universe Part II Speaking The Words]

Re-posted From August, 2020. As a child, my mother [single parent] implied that all things were possible. Nothing was off the table, and from a young age, I endorsed the fantastic as validated reality. All of that changed during my twenties when I became a professional and started wearing a tie. Suddenly, I decided that … Continue reading Journals [Embracing The Universe Part II Speaking The Words]

Journals [Embracing The Universe Part I]

Re-posted From August, 2020 When everything is stripped away from someone's life, the individual has but few options. By [everything], I'm referring to losing it all, and having little or no money and resources besides a couple of changes of clothes, and a pack of worldly possessions. A little more than five years ago I … Continue reading Journals [Embracing The Universe Part I]

Preparing To Turn The Page

The countdown continues. In two days, I'll board an airplane to Texas once more. Unlike the previous 16 trips I've taken in the past 14 months, this ticket is not a roundtrip flight. Why would I return to Colorado if everything I want and need in Texas. Except for a few members of our family, … Continue reading Preparing To Turn The Page

My Thoughts This Morning [Sabotage Does Not Exist]

Pictured: me, my daughter, and the llama at the Texas Renaissance Festival. She loves llamas! My thoughts this morning. Sabotage does not exist. I've written about my sobriety and my history with addiction many times. Some of you may know I've come back from losing everything. My sobriety, hard work, and passion for all I … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Sabotage Does Not Exist]

God Is Watching [Re-post]

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs. Regardless of your position on God. How many of us live their life as if God is watching? How many of us make good decisions when there are no witnesses? For myself, I must never stop. Self-inventory is essential if I'm to stay on my path. Joseph Shanklin February 7, … Continue reading God Is Watching [Re-post]

Careful What You Wish For [Re-post From September 2019]

Careful What You Wish For Re-post Unfortunately for the addict, the enemy is addiction, and addiction has unlimited resources. Yes, our enemy has been planning for battle, going to war, and killing addicts since coping skills first came into existence. Like combat, the battle of maintaining sobriety is a fluid situation, and the enemy [addiction] … Continue reading Careful What You Wish For [Re-post From September 2019]