THE LIGHT OF RECOVERY In my life, I have walked into both the light and the darkness more times than I can remember because of my personal choices, decisions and life-styles. And, at times, I have felt very much alone in my journey. However, I believe that I am not alone in the way I feel. I have known many people who have felt the same way. Those thoughts and feelings will form the basis of my future contributions in my new Blog. Hopefully, we can all grow healthier, understand our attitudes and behaviors in better ways, and become more positive about life. Recovery is defined as “The act or process of becoming healthy after an illness or injury. The act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty. The return of something that has been lost or stolen”. I believe that most of us can relate to those definitions as we think about our lives, the results of our actions and decisions, and where our choices have taken us to the place we find ourselves today in life. In order to recover from the dark places of the wrong decisions, the key words to think about in the definitions of recovery are “act or process”. First, we need to acknowledge that we are in the state of life where we have found ourselves today is because of our own personal choices and decisions. To heal and recover mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically, we need to take personal positive actions and realize that healthy recovery is a process. Within the words of these future articles, we will look at workshop topics such as “Perception of Self”, “Mirrors and Masks” and “First Impressions – False Perceptions” and “The You Factor”. We will also discuss addictions and addictive behaviors, depression, negative thoughts and feelings, destructive life-styles, spirituality, faith, love and more. Hopefully, we will understand that there is a difference between sex and love in a relationship and that sex, love and relationships are not one in the same all the time. See, you do not need physical sex to find true love in a relationship. The most important aspect in love is to, first, love yourself and appreciate the person you are within. Relationships teach us about our own love. See, love is not enough for a relationship. We need to learn specific skills to have a healthy relationship, not only with another person but, most important, with ourselves. We are not born with these skills and we seldom learn them in school. One important topic that we will look at periodically will be the difference between Loneliness and Aloneness. See, it is not always a bad thing to be alone. We need “quiet time”. However, the continued state of Loneliness can be very harmful to our health. I would appreciate your future suggestions and feedback as we build this Blog together. You can contact me through my Facebook page or mbkaminski@tds.net or my website, www.michaelbkaminski.com .

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