Endings and Beginnings
I have been a college football fan pretty much all my life. Some years ago, while watching the end of the year bowl games, I was struck with a thought; for over 98% of the seniors playing, young men who had been playing and practicing regularly for most of their lives, this was their final game. Though talented enough to play at the college level, they would never play pro ball. At the end of this game, win or lose, for most of them when they removed their uniforms and turned in their equipment, it would be for the last time. For many a sobering, possibly bewildering moment when the truth of it finally sank in later.
Endings. Life is made up of them. Leaving military service, High School, college, our children leaving the nest, changing careers, relocating, and many more. But every ending is also a beginning. Leaving the single life for marriage, personal freedom (and some sleep) when becoming a parent, leaving a career to become self-employed, etc. As has been said, when one door closes, another opens. So, welcome change, for it is as natural as winter giving way to spring, and just as inevitable. Embrace the wonderful new vistas and experiences it brings, and though often trembling, stride forth confident in the knowledge something new and exciting waits around the corner, our job to trust and step out in faith and if we find ourselves by chance heading in the wrong direction, we can always start anew.
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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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