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United We Stand – VIDEO

One of the things I have appreciated in my recovery is the ability to spot recovery-related items in Hollywood movies.  In the movie Gladiator, there is a scene where the gladiators must fight in the Colosseum in Rome replaying the Battle of Carthage.  Out numbered and overpowered by chariots, the gladiators, led by the outcast General Maximus Decimus Meridius, are commanded to “stay together” to survive.  As men in recovery, we have learned that we need to stay together, as part of the group, in order to battle the addiction.  For me, this translates to, making phone calls, attending meetings, sponsoring others, and reaching out to those that still struggle.  As always, take what you like and leave the rest.

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2 thoughts on “United We Stand – VIDEO”

  1. This is awesome Jorge! You really did a great job. I would just like to add…although it may appear that way from time to time, the enemy is not your wife. 😏

    1. Ha! I thought your comment was funny. I really don’t hear guys state that their enemy is their wife, although wives may “feel” this early in recovery. The “enemy” in this case is Satan, the accuser, deceiver, the addiction-filled one that gives us false hopes and false promises if we engage in the addiction. My wife is my partner in all of this, my teammate, my “go to” when I am feeling “attacked” by Satan, my rock, second only to Jesus Christ Himself. She is the healthiest woman I know and I trust her judgment and regularly bounce ideas off of her because I know how unhealthy my mind can be. She didn’t have a dysfunctional childhood, wasn’t abused, was brought up in a Christian home with really good parents so she doesn’t carry a lot of the deep wounds that I do.

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