Five Card Story: Step 1: Turning Pain Into Gain

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a Five Card Flickr story by Tyler Linttell created Sep 11 2012, 06:53:09 am. Create a new one!

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I was on my way home from another typical day at work, dwelling on how much I hated my job. I stopped off at the local bar for the one escape from my uneventful life: Alcohol. Alcohol had become more than an escape, it was a friend. It was always there for me when I needed it and never let me down. But that night, alcohol wasn't enough. I needed more than a friend, I needed something to truly take me away from the reliable monotony I called life. So I went downtown in search of something that would sate that desire and I found it. Heroin is not difficult to find if you know where to look. Downtown is a maze of alleyways littered with mysterious people. All I had to do was a small amount of digging until I found someone willing to sell to me. I woke up the next morning with nausea and physical pain in my body, but most of all a craving for more. I then realized I had hit rock bottom, a dead end. This was as far as I could possibly sink. I knew it must come to an end. I screamed aloud, "Bring it on! I love pain! Pain sets me free!." I then knew i was free. The pain was still there but I knew it would pass. It was a constant reminder that I could no longer fall to drug or alcohol abuse. Every time I felt the urge for alcohol I could call upon this moment and realize it wasn't strong enough to make me fall. I could embrace the pain and know that facing the adversity was actually bringing me closer to "The Kingdom of God". Now I feel as free as an eagle flying high in the sky with nothing but open air in front of him and God's creation below him.

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