Trakai: Castle on the lake (Europe: A few miles from Vilnius, Lithuania)
I just had to come in today, this, the anniversary of my "Fourteenth Year of Sobriety," and share with you some of my "experience, strength, and hope!"
Sobriety, and a life of "True Happiness is Possible!" Of course, it's not without its bumps in the road, deep dark valleys, many mountains to climb, endless tears to cry, excruciating moments of pain, still- experiences of abandonment, loneliness, and isolation; but, guess what?! It truly is a life worth living! In the end, you really do come forth like gold! Much stronger, much more pure, radiant, and able to win any battle no matter how great the war! You are on the winning team! You are victorious! You are a champion! You will make it! Any, and all things are possible! Your dreams will come true!
Here is a quick note that I sent out to my few hundred friends on facebook (still praying for the thousands and possibly, millions! No dream is too big to achieve!):
Greetings Everyone! I "Hope and Pray" that you are all well this fine, fine day. Me? Very, very well and extremely grateful. Today is my "14th. Year Sobriety Birthday," by the "Great Grace of God." I am soooo thankful! If ever you're wondering if it's a life worth living- yes it is! If ever you're wondering- does the fun stop? No, it doesn't! It just gets better, and, you remember it all! "Life really, really just begins and takes you on journeys and experiences beyond your greatest imaginations and expectations! It will take you beyond anything that you could have ever asked or thought!" It all begins with the first step, and: "One day at a time..."
*Sighs* Now, if only I could find true love, this is what I am searching for (Is it too much to ask? Hhhhmmmm.)
This Love of the Most Beautiful Kind
I've been praying for, and searching for-
the most beautiful love that I can find;
of eloquence and elegance-
it's of the purest kind.
It's of the greatest courage, and humility of heart
the greatest winds, rain, and storms, couldn't tear it apart.
When it walks the torturing flames, and glass beneath the feet
it's proven tested, tried, and true: it does not know defeat.
Its greatest strength is true intention, forgiveness, and honesty
there's nothing that it can not bear- its armor- integrity.
It rides a horse with flaming sword does valiantly in battle
it always gives the "Victory Shout!" there is no pointless babble.
It protects the heart at any length, giving in sacrifice
it will take the arrow and the sword- and pay the highest price.
It is not boastful, proud or rude, nor comes to those only- who deserve
but finds the deepest, darkened heart- and faithfully begins to serve.
When praying for, and searching for-
this love of the most beautiful kind;
graciously, and unexpectedly-
your heart...it will surely find!
From my heart to yours, and to my future love (who ever you are)...I wait patiently for you.
Sincerely, Godwin H. Barton