Dear (insert YOUR name here).

Hello (insert YOUR name here).

It’s been a while since we last spoke, and I just felt like this was a good time to reveal some of my innermost thoughts to you.

Although I have gone through so much in life, my resourcefulness has never wavered, and I realize that my past has not only made me strong, but I possess unlimited potential to do anything I choose to in life.

I may have allowed so many fantastic opportunities to slip through my fingertips due to my past behavior and indiscretions, but know that there are plenty of good years ahead for me to achieve my goals in life.

I have also learned that true friends are those people who love and care about you regardless of how much money you have in the bank, what type of car you drive, or what you can do for them.

In short, a true friend will remain loyal no matter what, and I have gained so much invaluable insight into that and other facts, which has helped me grow as a person myself.

Another thing I have learned is to show compassion for others, since there are always those who will have less than what I do, and everything in life is relative.

Therefore, instead of worrying about what I do not have, I simply wake up each and every single morning to count my blessings on how truly fortunate I am.

I am certainly not perfect, since there is no such thing as perfection in the first place.

However, if I continue to stay on my current path of learning and growing as a person, I will consider myself to be a success.

I have no idea what my future holds, but what I do know is that my past mistakes and experiences in life have made me the person I am today.

So, (insert YOUR name here), thank you so much for always sticking with me through thick and thin, and let’s continue to take on the world together!

Inner VoiceIf you haven’t read my book, “Jew in Jail” yet, I hope you do.

It is chock full of insightful information on how I was able to recover from my past addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling while incarcerated, and go on to lead a happy and healthful life myself.

http://www.jewinjail.com/

Until next time, everyone, have a great day, and week ahead!

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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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2 Responses to Dear (insert YOUR name here).

  1. Painfully beautiful Gary. It must be in the “air” as I finally said “Goodbye” in a letter too this week on my blog. I just woke up that morning with a need to write a letter of goodbye to my Gambling Addiction. “It Was Time”…..Great Post! *Catherine* Xo 🙂

  2. gman18 says:

    Thank you, Catherine. I see that you are able to relate to what I wrote, which makes it all worthwhile! I am glad that you are doing so well in your own recovery too. Have a great day. Gary

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