Who wins in a battle? A battle against yourself? Well, hopefully yourSelf wins as opposed to yourself. On my morning run this morning I was reflecting on the past which I do not normally do. You know how thoughts are, sometimes coming out of no where like objects floating through outer space. I was reflecting on the darker side of the Law of Attraction and my own personal battle. I’ll keep to the wavetops and make as light as possible because there are moments during this dark year that I had which are extremely personal, extremely dark and have only shared it with my two closest friends / soul sisters. However, to the wavetops…
I went to Afghanistan and came home to find my wife of 10yrs had left me for someone else. I didn’t even know there was another person until four months after I got home. I just know those four months were bleak. All the while during this time my mother is back home in Ohio fighting stage IV colorectal cancer. My wife finally told me she wanted a divorce. Shocked. I was in shock. The type of personality I am and the way I opened myself up to two becoming One reallllllllllly devasted me. I was feeling despair. A few months later my mom passed away. Single mom who did the best she could raising a little boy on her own (with grandma 😊) moved on to the next stage of life. I was literally all alone. The impending divorce created what felt like a rift in my soul. A despair so deep that most of the time even breathing was a struggle. My mom’s passing was absolutely terrible. I became virtually nothing but a being who was dwelling in their own misery.
Not long after my mom passed away, I found out that our unit was going to deploy again in the fall but to Iraq, a new place. It was early spring at the time and when I found out I knew I had to get out. I wasn’t fit. My three-year obligation after commissioning was coming up in June. I started the paperwork and got out, but…I lingered. My wife was still in the area as a schoolteacher. I just couldn’t find a way to leave. The despair had me swirling around a circle in Fayetteville, NC.
Here it was in action. The Law of Attraction in the worst way that whole year. Always expecting something worse to happen and the worst happens…over and over again. Attracting more darker energy…
I became a homeless person. I had a car and a little bit of savings. I lived out of my car. Gas stations and baby wipes became a way of life for hygiene. I had a decent plan on sleeping in a safe place every night. The apartment complex I lived in before I got out was a gated community and we had a sticker in the windshield…a sticker that was never removed. This particular apartment complex had two others in the area that used the exact stickers. I rotated between the three locations each night for almost four months.
I couldn’t leave, I just couldn’t. Mentally I was stuck in a loop. Despair. Hope. Maybe she’ll come back to me. Maybe maybe maybe.
For some reason it seemed to make sense to go to bookstores and the library to hangout. Read. Catch cat naps. After a couple months it started to dawn on me some of the same people I was seeing at the same locations. Homeless vets. Backpacks. It was so bizarre and yet made some kind of weird sense. I was beginning to follow the migratory patterns of a homeless vet near Fort Bragg. I knew that eventually I would have to lose the car, grab a pack and join them.
TAP TAP TAP. I was woken up at 6am in one of the apartment complex parking lots. A female police officer was waking me up with her flashlight on my window. “Sir, someone has noticed that you have been sleeping in your car an awful lot around here…” I made up some kind of excuse about how my wife and I were having problems…not too far from the truth. “Well you can’t sleep in your car, sir…”
Finally. A catalyst to snap me out of it. A break in the vicious mental loop. Just enough to hear the Voice, “Go Home”. It was just enough time for that Voice to create an interruption and my resolve to end this came pouring out. This was a true test of my resiliency and whether or not I would actually Listen to the guidance being given to me. I really wanted to give in to the despair. To abandon my car and just become…Nothing. A shadow. That resiliency in my Soul brought me back. To Fight for my Life. To Live. To Shine.