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I often revisit schools, jails, and rehabs. I have been on both sides of the fence, at each one of these places. Sometimes I go for business, but each time I visit, I am sure to remind myself where I once was in life. I don’t ever want to forget how dead and lost I felt inside my school classroom. I don’t ever want to forget how alone I felt on my team. I never want to forget what it felt like to lose my freedom and my family. I don’t ever want to forget what it felt like waking up from dying.

My success is the result of so many people's combined efforts. Because of that, I also go back to these places because it’s my turn to contribute. I didn’t do any of this stuff alone. I have several people to thank for my life and I have always been able to find support from through recovery groups, churches, and other organizations. Each time I give my time to help someone struggling, I am reminded of what this life is truly about. It is so very important to continue to stay engaged with those in need of support. By helping others work through their own stuff, I am reminded of the basic principles I built my life's foundation on. I benefit in a few ways, but I receive far more benefit in my heart than I do anywhere else.

I never want to forget where I came from. I always want to remind myself to put others first. I was down and out, due to my own selfishness. Giving back has saved my life and giving continues to give me even more life today.

Give back. Give life!



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