As you will soon see, there is a story behind everything.
I was contacted by a gentleman who was fighting his way out of addiction and homelessness. He knew of me from my short stint at a struggling men’s shelter in Atlanta. In April 2017, acting on the wise inner Voice we all have, he called on me as someone he trusted, to help him through a turbulent period he was facing. As I walked alongside him during this period, I kept reminding him of one simple truth — that while he could not fully control external events he faced, he did have complete control of how he chose to respond to them. Together we examined each of his choices in this particular situation and I found that all my role required was simply to remind him. “You are the chooser, it’s your choice…” It took no time at all for him to follow suit and understand that there was much within his control of a situation he once thought he had no control over. He began to remind himself that he had choices. He chose to trust that things will work out; he chose to see a positive result in his mind so that his thoughts then became positive ones — understanding that where the mind goes, the body follows. He chose to stay connected to- and draw hope from- the life force we call God, and to not give power to anything negative. This gentleman will tell you that it was VERY hard but he was determined to make the right choices.
There was so much goodness in this scenario, that it drew the attention of others, who made the choice to become involved in a supportive manner. Some purchased and gave him gift cards, some helped him with pocket money, and others provided prayer and encouragement.
Before we knew it, his situation was reversed.
A Positive Response
I shared his story with a few individuals who are close to me, and received such an overwhelming response to the motivation behind the empowerment that I was now facing my own choice — Do something or do nothing.
I chose do something…and it’s coming soon.