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Guest Blogger Author Sharon Sala

Author Sharon Sala
Author Sharon Sala

I realized the other day that I am surrounded with powerful people. They are the people who have survived tremendous pain in their lives. There are some that have overcome addictions or family members that suffer from them, but many have survived worse. This world is filled with obstacles for us to climb and get over. There is not a single person in this world that isn’t trying to climb over something high and tricky. We all need help and insight to get us to the top. I decided that it was important for me to ask a few of these inspiring people to share some of their insight. They are everyday people like you and me. Some have really cool careers like this week’s guest, but that isn’t what makes them “powerful” it is that they have found a way and are willing to share it. They are a light to others. 

Crazy Crazy Dream

I have never dreamed someone was trying to kill me before.
But no fear, it wasn’t a dream of warning.
It was a dream of analogies I had to figure out.
In the dream, people who I trusted were the ones trying to kill me, and the people I thought were the bad ones, were really trying to save me.
Why did they want me dead?
Because there was two of me… Not twins, but me, my soul…had been split in two and there was another me out there fighting the same battle with neither of us knowing of the other.
The bad guys didn’t want us to find each other because if we touched, we would become one person and our soul would become one again and then TA DA …. the end of the dream…. I WOULD BE INVINCIBLE.
Ha.Take that crazy spirits. I already am invincible!!
Now, the breakdown of the analogy.
I have been struggling, as you all know, because I talk about my business like anyone else might care. But part of my struggle has been just stepping out of my own way. I have been fighting myself, not believing in my own abilities, being weak at times and letting the darkness back into my life just because I waver in finishing this path I am on.
If I’m not making myself clear, let me say it like this.
Letting in darkness is the same thing as knowing you are supposed to be a bright and positive light, and yet you read things that make you sad, you watch things on television, like people who claim to be hunting demons, or horror movies, etc. (the darkness) and it’s like opening a doorway for all kinds of things you don’t want in your life.
I have given up a lot of my old habits to stay positive and the difference it’s made in my life is dramatic.
And so that dream…of thinking I am in danger, is a message to stay on the bright path. And the two pieces of one soul.. it’s a reminder to me of how I could lose my foothold. Darkness does not want people STANDING in the light. Darkness doesn’t want anyone BEING the light.
And being your whole self is a light twice as bright. Get it?
Yes, like I said… a crazy dream, but I got the message.
Thought I’d pass it on, just in case some of you are struggling within yourselves. Trust your first instinct.
If you were standing in the street and a car was coming, your first instinct would be to get out of the way, right?
So if you are walking a path that’s making you sad and bringing one disappointment after another into your life, your first instinct should be to get off of it and do something different.
Like that old saying goes, when you do the same things over and over, you will get the same results. There is no growth, no moving forward.
It’s as simple as that.
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What Do We Do When Addiction Causes Conflict in the Family

Alma Chapter 5: 7-9 Behold, he changed their hearts; yea, he awakened them out of a deep sleep, and they awoke unto God. Behold, they were in the midst of darkness; nevertheless, their souls were illuminated by the light of the everlasting word; yea, they were encircled about by the abands of death, and the chains of hell, and an everlasting destruction did await them. And now I ask of you, my brethren, were they destroyed? Behold, I say unto you, Nay, they were not. And again I ask, were the bands of death broken, and the chains of hell which encircled them about, were they loosed? I say unto you, Yea, they were loosed, and their souls did expand, and they did sing redeeming love. And I say unto you that they are saved.

I started this blog to help others.  I wanted to give them a point of reference or a place to come and see that they are not alone in dealing with family suffering from the conflict that comes addiction in the family.

When you have someone in your family that isn’t living a life that promotes happiness and good feelings and security, you need someone in your life that does.

I have always wanted to be that light.

I don’t want to be this light for myself so much, as the light I have in my heart, just can’t be contained.  It brings me such comfort and insight and peace in a world, where I find just the opposite. Continue reading What Do We Do When Addiction Causes Conflict in the Family

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Work Builds Self Worth

Steve Closs a man who never gives
Steve Closs a man who never gives

My brother has a brain injury.  In his 59 years of life, he has had to create ways to support his family and himself.  He has had to overcome his injury and be creative.

He was only in the 7th grade when his brain issue was discovered.  He has had severe seizures and several brain surgeries that have added to his damage and now he is in full dementia.

My brother has no short or long term memory.  He is bored.  He has never been one to sit idle, but now that he can not remember what he is doing or how, he sits in front of a tv and does nothing but sink into depression.  He doesn’t know why he is where he is and wants to do anything other than watch tv.  Then he forgets what he wants to do.  It is a horrible thing to watch and painful to know that he just wants to be productive.

What my brother needs is work. Continue reading Work Builds Self Worth

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