We triumph over life’s inevitable
challenges not by the exercise of willpower or brute force but by tapping into
the power of the Infinite. Many paths lead to our ultimate awakening, and most
begin with spiritual discomfort wrapped in fear. Sickness (our own or a loved
ones), addiction, financial stress, a failed relationship and death (a loved
one or contemplating our own) are all beginnings, for truly “the only
instrument sharp enough to cut away the excess of self is pain.” The
greatest gift we can give ourselves is a foundation in faith before these
assaults on our serenity begin. The pain and discomfort of dealing with the
ultimate questions of living will not be avoided, but we will have a clear-cut
set of directions to follow out of the wilderness to peace of mind and heart.
To follow this path we must set aside our preconceived ideas and don a new pair
of glasses and “Become quick to see where spiritual people are right and make
use of what they offer.” Laying aside our prejudices we listen and learn
with our heart, for in the end, isn’t finding a way out more important than who
provides it? If you were drowning and a rope appeared before seizing it would
you first question who held it? So, we put aside any lingering prejudice
against any spiritual path and make use of what they have to offer, taking what
we need at this time and leaving the rest (remember, this selfishness is God inspired and is part of our growth) and
join them in “trudging the road of happy destiny.”
Miracles Of Recovery
© Vincent Lee Jones Living In Spirit
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Published by Vincent Lee Jones
Silk sheets or city streets, Park Avenue or park bench, addiction is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives.
My name is Vincent Lee Jones and I have been in recovery since September 1985. My professional career began when I was nearly 20 years in recovery and was asked to work pro bono with at risk students at Huntington Beach High School. At the time I had developed a reputation within the at large recovery community as an effective communicator and was known to some of the faculty. After the death of two students from prescription drugs I was asked to start working with at risk students, which I did for nearly 5 years. Word of mouth lead to offers of compensated freelance Facilitator and Director positions with numerous local treatment facilities in the ensuing years.
As a retired Building Contractor/Designer, working in conjunction with a treatment facility, I created a construction program utilizing a workforce comprised almost exclusively of people new or returning to recovery, helping them to not only learn a trade and start making a living but since many of them had relapsed numerous times, to begin truly building a foundation with real aftercare to live free of active addiction. This program changed many lives.
In my 30+ years in recovery I have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life, teenagers to the retired, famous to infamous, prosperous to those living hand to mouth, adamant atheists to those embracing strong Religious beliefs; suffering from all manner of intoxicant and behavior-based addictions as well as those who love and care about them, both as a member in recovery Fellowships and as a treatment professional. I can be contacted at 714-366-1725.
I write and publish daily a recovery based nondenominational spiritually based blog at https://livinginspirit.blogspot.com with accompanying videos that can be found as well on YouTube and LinkedIn at Vincent Lee Jones.
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