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James’ wife had left him and took the children too. She told him it was no longer safe with his alcohol induced rages. He lost his job. He still drank day after day, night after night. He’d finally hit the lowest of lows. What could he do? His friends shunned him, his family no longer trusted him and now he was alone.
James tried selling house items that might give him more cash for “drink” but soon there was little left. He called his favourite aunt and asked for help. She offered to bring him to hospital for detox and from there he would have to decide his future. He called Alcoholics Anonymous. He wanted his family back, he wanted his self-respect back…and that motivated him to work the programme (AA) until he could find the courage to ask his wife to take him back.
Every day he went to meetings. His sponsor was a kind man and after 6 months, he offered James a good job. He was originally a brilliant Chartered Accountant and his sponsor saw his potential in offering him this opportunity.
He worked long hours and continued with his meetings. After he got his one year chip, James asked his wife if she would consider getting back with him so they could be a family again. His love for his wife and family motivated him to persevere with this difficult struggle with addiction.
Many years passed and the family fell apart eventually again. James had drifted into over working and dating many women. He lived a single life far away from his family and over the years he slipped back into his addiction. He’d been faced with adversity, pain and suffering and he could not handle it.
James eventually found his true love…his purpose to motivate him to stop drinking again. His love for himself…to regain his self-respect he had to find love for self first.
© Cheryl-Lynn Roberts, January 4, 2014
Story prompted from DungeonPrompts, Season 2, Prompt #1 Motivation