by Daniel · 2 comments

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. – Mark Twain

When I first realized that I may have a problem with alcohol I said something to my best friend at the time. I was released from jail a day or so before and had attended my first Twelve Step meeting while in jail. I did not go to the meeting because I thought I had a problem I went for the free donuts they had. That is the truth I had no idea that alcohol was my challenge. But I heard something that got me thinking otherwise.

I remember saying to my friend I think I am an alcoholic! He quickly retorted, “no you are not, I drink more than you do and I am not an alcoholic”! I shrugged it off and partied the night away.

My ambition in life was to be “SOMEBODY” I had a desire to be more than I was at the time. I had been in the Army, while in I had a sense of pride and camaraderie but alcohol distorted my thinking, so out I went after just 20 months. I was heading nowhere and I didn’t like it.

We all have a force within us that sparks enthusiasm, drive and ambition. Once we recover from alcoholism and addiction we need to continue on the path towards our goals and never, ever, allow anyone or thing to belittle our goals and divert us from that path! Life is good!

Go, Go, Go…

Dan 🙂

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william e hay March 22, 2012 at 9:31 am

Good morning! I must tell you the way you described that Rehab, within my twisted grimm sense of humuor, I said to myself, you have a small relapse beacuse I wouldn’t mind a month or to next to those sandy white beaches and get out of this city. Like I said I’m a sick puppy! But in all seriousness, no thanks, the city is fine with me. I so identify with wanting to be somebody, somebody who make a positive change on this planet. I always ask the good Lord before I sleep, to give me the words to write a creative piece, that might mean somthing to someone and bring some light into their life. Ambition and pursueing ones dreams is living, the option is to just excist! As the great Confucious said, ” those who succeed fail many times”. Our ambition and belief, in what our mission within this life is, must be nurtured. Then as we hit the bumps in the road of life we continue to stengthen and fight to acheive our dreams. The sadness of witnessing a person give up, seeing their hope die within as the spirit beigins to whither, tragic indeed. By not taking that first drink we our empowered, the choice is ours!! God Bless Dan and thank you for feeding my spirit a great breakfast!

Bill Welch March 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Dan. Your words are inspiring. I love your book.
To borrow a phrase, GO GO GO!

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