Minyan Mailbag: Keeping it Real
Thanks for sharing Michael!
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June 27, 2004. Everything was fine until that day. Good career as a pharma rep. with national recognition etc. Wonderful friends and the greatest family in the world. Then I got a DUI. Guilty as hell. Multiple offender too.
It was a single car crash. No one hurt and Thank God.
Since then I have lost my job, company car, benefits, 10 years of industry experience, respect in the healthcare community and on and on. I am trading to make ends meet and safe to say I am hanging on by a thread. It's been a hard 11 months and I am still not over the emotional hump.
Although I was greatful no one was ever hurt by my past indiscretions, my focus after that day was still how the DUI changed my life. Until last week when I finished my last court order: Meet with a family member whom lost a loved one to a drunk driver.
Suddenly there was a face in a picture and a voice behind it with a tale to tell. And a realization that I have lost not a single thing. How selfish of me.
I read your note about Joel today. I have spent the last 2 hours going over every inch of that website. Seeing all of his family, friends, animals and experiences and the joy and sadness that lies beneath it all and I have found myself thinking about what should have been for him and, for me, a thought of what could have been for someone else.
As a very tight family from the coal fields of West Virginia, we draw strength from our roots. From those still with us and those whom have found a more spiritual home. That is why I never really celebrate my birthday. My Grandfather was born on the same day, and his wife and my Grandmother died on that day as well. I guess she just had a bigger party to go to.
That day we all share is May 17th, which happens to be Joel's birthday.
I pray my future birthdays bring my thoughts back to my roots of blessed family and friendship, and God Willing a moment alone to ponder Joel. I hope that moment will always remind me of what should and could have been. Now I must go and call my only brother to tell him a terrible truth of what really happened to his little brother and why things have been so estranged lately. (Thanks Ricky)
The 'Ville is a wonderful place Toddo.
A very humble MInyan Michael
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