Most of the time, I practice what I preach, but it was not always that way. I have fought battles and won and I have fought battles and lost. I have wimped out and let some battles dictate how I felt and interacted with the world. A few of these battles cost me dearly and with some, I almost paid the ultimate price.
I know personally about making stupid choices in life and I know personally about addictions. I know the feelings of isolation, of loneliness, of rage and of envy. I know how it feels to lose people close to you and I have lived in times where you could not break down my walls with dynamite. But I survived….I survived and learned.
I still have my issues, just like every human being on this planet, and I still have to battle some of these issues on a daily basis, but I do battle them. I have reached the stage where nothing and no one will bring me down. It is a place where at times I can find peace within myself, acceptance of both my strengths and weaknesses, and own a genuine connection to what is around me. Some days I just sit and enjoy the benefits of winning battles, knowing I did my best and persevered the onslaught of all the shit that life threw at me. Other days, I awake, knowing a battle will ensue and prepare my self for war. During these times, I fight well, and at the end of the day, I sit knowing I did my best no matter the outcome.
This is how we not only survive life, but grow with life. It is here we exercise our endurance, fine tune our mind and spirit and begin to see and understand that we do have what it takes to create whatever life we want to own.
I own these tools and so do you. Use them.