“No Fear” – Find Faith and Gratitude
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If you’ve read my book chances are you can attest to the fact that I have been through a good number of trials in my life. One of the single most trying of those times was when I suffered an acute sense of fear that things may never change. As I found myself without a roof over my head, sleeping on someone’s couch or a friends’ car – I would often be overcome with a sense of deep loathing for myself and the circumstances I was surrounded in.
But my trust and faith in God is one thing that helped get me through those times and I stand tall and proud today to be able to say that that very fear was replaced by gratitude. You might think “what could Rob possibly have been grateful for while addicted to drugs and living a nightmare existence?”
Well, the truth is that the only way I was able to pull out of that craziness was because of sheer faith. Not my faith in God entirely but rather others’ faith in me. This is where I salute the amazing people that put together and implement 12-step programs, the endlessly giving individuals that would give of themselves in an effort to help ordinary people like me who were stuck in a web that was so hard to be freed from. And the incredible Alcoholics Anonymous book that has helped me tremendously. But most of all it is God that I owe my freedom to.
If it was not for God, I would not have been able to turn my life around. And just a relatively short time later become a successful Realtor and renowned businessman. As I jogged my morning jog, I realized how truly blessed I am. Blessed to be in the company of those who love and support me. Blessed to have a solid, strong head on my shoulders with the ability to make good, sound decisions. Blessed to be able to live in the absence of fear.
Fear is most definitely just about the most paralyzing phenomenon to a person’s psyche. And it wasn’t until I was no longer ruled by my fears that I began to realize just how wonderful life really is.
So as we embark on yet another year in this journey called life, I wanted to wish upon each and every one of you the power of overcoming your fears and embracing your strengths. I am never too far from thoughts of gratitude for all that I have and all that I am and all that I stand to become – and I wish the same up on you as well.