I was always a compassionate person, but thanks to my addiction and SR (especially the friends/family forum), I am even more compassionate. I cannot look at an addict, today, without thinking of the family members I know who are struggling, just as much as the addict.
I am stronger today. Like ((Trish)), I lived in a pretty rough area when I was using. I was beaten up, strangled. I chose to be homeless. I could have come home, at any time, but I had to be clean, and I didn't want to, at that time. I survived jail, and a diversion center. I went from a career making $40/hour, to now waiting tables for $3/hour plus tips.
In the past, I would have been sitting around, having a big ole pity party. Today, I feel rich with blessings. I wouldn't feel this way if it weren't for what I've been through. I had to lose my comfy little lifestyle, to learn what really matters in life and what to be grateful for.
Good post, ((Trish))!
Hugs and prayers!
"I'm not where I want to be, but thank God I'm not where I used to be" - Joyce Meyer
"You got what it takes you can win, today is your day to begin. - Shania Twain
(Tinker, Elvis [RIP], Patches [RIP] and Mots - Mouth Of The South)