Wasteland Kings

Tag: recovery

On Monday, we celebrated our graduation from the 12-step program called Regeneration. It was incredible. The night was filled with an unexpected level of joy. At the same time, there was a temptation to pat myself on the back for what had been accomplished. I had made it through the year long process called Regen. I’d pushed through the hard steps. I’d crossed the finish line with a smile on my face. While those statement are kind of accurate, they…

Have you ever read from a past journal? While I have many journals filled with words, I don’t tend to go back and look at them. There was an exercise in my Regen bookwork which kind of forced me to do this though. At the end of Step One, they asked us to write a letter to ourselves. A part of last weeks bookwork (we’re on Step 12 now) was to go back and look at that letter. The contents…

I don’t tend to be a ‘stop and smell the roses’ kind of guy. I enjoy the smell of roses and I’ll take a moment to enjoy them. This endeavor will have a hard time distracting me from whatever goal I am charging towards though. When I wake up most days, I ask myself what are things I have to get done today and what are today’s highlights. These highlights don’t have to be jumping out of a helicopter and…

I pulled air in and let it out. This seemed so simple. It also seemed impossible. What would lie on the other side? Would there would be rejection? Maybe it will just be a bunch of anger. Could they ever love me the same way they have in the past? I’ve done amends with three people so far; it’s the central part of the 9th Step of Regeneration. None of them have been easy. The process of actions, thoughts, and…

I’ve got this little voice in my head that tells me I can make the life I want. It tells me the right mix of intelligence, word, and experience will get me where I want to be. My head has hit the pillow many nights while planning how I am going to make all of my dreams come true; I’m not talking about Disneyland either. The problem is this voice is wrong because I can’t make the life I want…

I love stories. One of my favorite things in stories is when something small or subtle solves a big problem. There is nothing quite like the moment I realize something I’ve underestimated or forgotten about saves the day. I am a big fan of those twists and I got the unique pleasure of experiencing them during my recovery process. Before I go on, I’ll give a little more context to make sure we’re all on the same page. It’s easy…

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