Is this progress?

Old 08-30-2009, 09:33 AM
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Is this progress?

This may sounds a little lame, but I think I had an epiphany over the weekend.

Back story - my addicted brother moved out of our home last week. My husband and I were giving him a place to stay while he was doing an outpatient program. He worked for my husband full-time. Ultimately, he decided to go back to drugs so we asked him to leave. Since then, it has been ugly. He was sending emails to ask to borrow money (he made plenty of money when he was here, but when he left, he was broke and had several bad checks floating around) because he had a great job opportunity in another state but no money to get there. Then he started bashing my husband and our church and saying him using drugs "once in a while" is no worse than the way we judge people (which really hurt me because I NEVER judged him). I blocked his email address so I won't be hearing from him that way again.

Anyway, the other day I was really feeling sorry for myself. I have one brother who died of a drug overdose in 2008 and now another brother who relapsed, plus an alcoholic father who is in denial about everything and a mom who won't stop enabling. Basically I was feeling like my life stunk.

Then it hit me... my life does not stink! I have beautiful kids and a good marriage. I have a wonderful church family and friends who love me. My life doesn't stink... even if my brother's life does (and his life does stink, he just doesn't care).

So I think I'm making progress.... my brother's addiction doesn't have anything to do with me. All I can do is pray.

Thanks for listening .

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Old 08-30-2009, 09:53 AM
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My dear, that is not lame at all! That is indeed progress, and there is nothing better to get me out of a funk than to sit and make out a gratitude list.

You did good! :ghug2 :ghug2
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:15 AM
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:22 AM
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Krysty, your story began so similar to my own except it was our son and my teeth hurt just reading it because I thought "oh this poor girl has such a long journey ahead of her".

Poor girl NOT, you are miles ahead of where I was in the same situation. Today I live a happy, peaceful life and see the beauty in each day, even though my son is lost somewhere in his addiction. He knows where help is when he is ready, so each morning I say a prayer and just give his care to God, and then go about my day living well, as life was intended to be lived.

Hugs for you and prayers for your brother.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:31 AM
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Oh YES...that was a BIG epiphony !!
Good for you blocking the email...and good for you focusing on your blessings.
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