What Are You “Recovering” From?

RecoveryLet’s face it. We are all recovering from something, because, if we weren’t, that would mean we are perfect, which none of us are.

To many of us, admitting we are recovering, or “in recovery,” tells the world we are weak. However, I think it is just the opposite, and it demonstrates the strength necessary to realize that sometimes we need to get ourselves a “tune up,” and take stock of our situations.

I have now been clean and sober for five years, seven months and 23 days, but am still in recovery from addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling.

What’s more is the fact that I realize that my recovery doesn’t come with a finish line, and I will have to monitor it on a daily basis for the rest of my life.

But that is just fine with me, since it helps keep me on my toes.

Perhaps the best part is that I choose to help others who are also saddled with this disease, and, by doing so, reinforce my own dedication to remain clean and sober.

Therefore, I view it as a win-win situation.

So, what are you recovering from?

Alcohol, drugs and compulsive gambling like me, an eating disorder, too much shopping, an uncontrollable sex urge, or something totally different, like constantly being down on yourself and living with low self-esteem?

Cheer up, because I am here to reveal to you – if nobody has ever told you this before – that you were born with greatness and unlimited potential.

Yes, you read me correctly. You have the innate talents and abilities to succeed at so many different things, if you only believe this too, and give yourself a chance.

You might be great at singing, dancing, fixing automobiles, fashion, mathematics, making people laugh, photography, or, dare I say, writing!

The point is that you must surround yourself with positive, supportive people, who aren’t going to bring you down to their level of pessimism.

You also must believe in yourself, and that there is nothing in life you cannot accomplish, if you work hard, stay focused, and remain dedicated to the task at hand.

Remember, you were born to leave your mark in this world, so start doing so today!

We are all waiting!

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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4 Responses to What Are You “Recovering” From?

  1. jeffgoulding says:

    Great Blog uplifting and thought provoking thank you

  2. Lynne says:

    Thanks Gary! Unfortunately, I’m not there yet, I fight with my self every day. Hard work, but I’m hopeful! Your blogs and interviews give me incouragement!!!!

    • gman18 says:

      You’re welcome, Lynne. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and understand that growth is an everyday affair. Just keep moving forward, and the sky’s the limit! You were born with greatness, so give yourself a chance to blossom.

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