My Journey Back to Light
At an alcoholics anonymous meeting, Jack Davidson shared his transforming tale. The way he fought against all odds and became the motivational speaker he is today.
What is his secret? According to him, it is the fact that he never loses the sight of light.
He explains what this light in the story below:
‘What are you most afraid of?
Is it the failure? Or maybe it is death? Do you still keep the night lamp on for fear of the dark?
Like many people, darkness scares me but it is not the childlike phobia of the monsters lurking underneath nor is it the absence of light. I am afraid of the inner darkness that engulfs our souls…that makes us stray from the straight path and delves us deep into the alley of chaos.
They say that addiction often runs in our veins. My father was an alcoholic so I was bound to become one sometime or the other. My time came when I lost my job. I couldn’t stand this dead-end of an unemployment phase.
Every time I scanned the classified ads, I felt that I was either overqualified or under experienced to work. It made me feel too old and too naïve at the same time. The ads taunted me and told me that I was a failure.
Therefore, unwinding with a bottle of beer after another failed attempt at securing a job became routine. I didn’t realize when one glass became two and three cans became a carton.
Gradually I stopped praying to God and I never let my shadow darken the church doors. I lived in sin and drowned in beer.
You know what I am saying?
My life became a constant series of hangovers. When the liquor didn’t work I moved on to harder drugs. This was the case until one fine evening I OD (overdosed). The man who found my numb body was not a pastor but he was a man of faith.
He stood by me when the ambulance pulled in and paramedics delivered their medical mumbo-jumbo. The nurses say that he stayed with me all night. However, I was too unconscious for days to notice his presence.
My mother said I was a lost cause and no penny would be wasted on a druggie like me. She was right I didn’t need her money. My guardian angel had already paid the bills and left me a note.
When I finally met the man he told me how he had stumbled into the bathroom after a rough day. He was contemplating suicide but when he saw me, it was as if death stared back at him. Then and there he promised that he would save me and himself and make us a better person.
The act that I had somehow saved a man’s life left me stunned. I thought about all the lives this story may save and started imparting the encounter with anyone I met.’’
Davison concluded his lecture with one of Aristotle’s most famous quotes,
“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.” ~ Aristotle
A Selection of Seeing The Light Quotes
“Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, not because readers like happy endings, but because I am an optimist at heart. I know the sun will rise in the morning, that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.” ~ Michael Morpurgo
“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~ Og Mandino
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” ~ Helen Keller
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