“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few things can be more disturbing in life than being totally lost. It’s like following a crowd of people only to find at the fork that everyone goes right and I stay left. That “terminal uniqueness” will force a man down paths he never wanted to stroll. Rooted in fear and mistrust, even today I find myself in self fulfilling prophecy situations where I have to rewrite the stories in my mind. If I expect to get lost, my chances of it happening rise exponentially. Being lost on a river, in the woods, or on a highway all give me that same sinking feeling I got when alcohol and drugs stopped working in my life. I can be in a group of thousands and feel lost, but none of it quite compares to being lost in life with no hope.  Seemingly, no where to turn when the tanks are all on empty. I’ve been at that sinking place, and I’ve felt that hopeless in my addiction. Being lost with no internal compass can force a man to do and say things he ordinarily wouldn’t. Today, I start with a prayer that supplies me with hope, faith, and courage. A daily reminder that I’m an overcomer.  If the day gets rocky, I have to stop and ask for direction. Like the prodigal son, who squandered his inheritance on pockets full of false promises, it’s a journey that I have had to travel to find my way back home…..good day!…b

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