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A Lesson Learned

I hope you are all enjoying the new video channel as much as I am enjoying making it! I am getting really inspiring and humbling feedback from followers. It makes reliving what I went through everyday a pleasure, instead of what it could be.

As with most things in my life today, I chose to see the positive in situations, I figure there’s absolutely no point in wasting time on anything negative. Negativity has no place in my life any more and therefore doesn’t make it’s way in. Don’t get me wrong, you can’t just snap you’re fingers and feel this way, it has been a struggle for the last year to get my mind straight and where I want it to be, and it hasn’t happened overnight, and I will always feel like I have some lesson to learn. Life always has a weird way of dealing you out a handful of realizations just when you think you have it all figured out.

Case in point, it was brought to my attention last night that people from my past were making a public effort to slander my name, stating that this here website and the blogging I do on it, was nothing but fiction, that I was trying to turn fiction into fact.

Normally, I would calm myself down, take a few deep breaths, and not let it bother me, but like I said, I haven’t figured it all out yet either, and even though I am on the path to a drama-free life, I too, have weak moments, and let something get the better of me. Who’s perfect? Certainly not this guy.

What bothered me the most about what I considered a pure venomous statement was that it targeted the first truthful thing I have done since becoming sober. And if I’m being really honest, this website just might be the most truthful, raw and sincere thing I have ever done in my entire life. So if they were saying that this isn’t true, than what do they think is? Why would I paint horrible portrayals of myself and of the things I’ve done, and apologize countlessly? To get pity votes? No. Because I’m lying? Absolutely not.

My handy dandy friend Webster gave me the definition of fiction. It states: that the term fiction means 1.) something invented by the imagination or feigned; specifically : an invented story 2.) fictitious literature (as novels or short stories).

I just wanted to get the record straight, not just for myself, but so that those that accuse this website of being “fiction” could have a better understanding of the defamatory jargon that they so chose to use.

But, as with most people, when they think they’re right there isn’t a point in arguing. And so I figure there has to be a lesson. There always is. Negativity has many faces these days. Sometimes it shows itself in pure hatred, sometimes in insults, but more often than not, it likes to dress up as jealousy.

I know I keep saying this over and over again, but I mean it. I promise to always be real. To always say my truth and share whatever I have to, so someone doesn’t have to go through what I did. My lesson this morning is one that I believe many of us learned in kindergarten, but have chosen to forget about, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

Lets keep Free From Hell as positive as can be. I am so touched by all of the heartfelt e-mails I have received from readers who confide in me their horror stories and their truth. You keep me going, and I will always strive to be a positive outlet for those in need, and for those looking.

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