A Carpenter and Forrest Gump

A Carpenter and Forrest Gump

Fate, as a conscious power, is a convenient catch all for those unwilling to do the work required to live the examined life. When we understand the Laws of Attraction and Reaping and Sowing, fate is placed in its proper perspective.

To be clear: Many things attributed to fate are merely aspects of living and life. Someone always wins the lottery, eventually. Road accidents happen. Thousands of cars crash every day all around the world, not fate, just a result of a lot of cars on the road and accidents are typically precipitated by poor decisions by drivers. Everyone misses opportunities, drops the toast, zigged when they should have zagged, takes a turn in the barrel. A construction worker, a carpenter, commented on this a couple of thousand years ago when he said: the rain falls on the just and unjust equally. When facing life’s inevitable questions, challenges and seeming random occurrences, what defines us is the direction our thinking takes when addressing them, do we turn within or without?

Our “fate” is what we make of it. In the immortal words of Forrest Gump: shit happens. So, when it happens try not to make a big deal about it, pick yourself up and take whatever indicated action is required, call your insurance carrier, clean up the butter and jam on the floor, whatever and move on. The universe is on our side and when we remember we are Children of the Miraculous, Spiritual Beings experiencing the human condition, truly eternal in every way, fender benders, ruined toast or any of the other random occurrences living in the world bring to our door lose their ability to affect our serenity.

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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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