Livin on Love!

The phrase, “Livin on Love”, it means different things to different people…

I learned the hard way, a long time ago, just what side of the tracks it was that I came from. My family and I were in a certain classification and this was due to something called social stratification, which is, ” a kind of social differentiation whereby members of society are grouped into socioeconomic strata, based upon their occupation and income, wealth and social status, or derived power”.

The bottom line is, I was born poor and remained so for the rest of my life!. I eventually became bankrupt spiritually, mentally, emotionally, financially, and even physically. During this time, there were several years where I was homeless due to the disease of addiction as well as my life choices and several un-diagnosed and untreated mental health illnesses. It was during this period of homelessness, when I, for myself, as well as those like me, defined the definition of “Livin on Love” I speak of here tonight.

I pan-handled daily. The majority of the money I made went towards drugs, yes. But, it also went towards food and shelter, especially in inclement weather. I’d be a liar if I said that there were ever a day that went by that somebody didn’t give me something, whether it was a bottle of water, a sandwhich, $5, or a prayer even…

This is what I call “Livin on Love”. I fed myself from the Love of others, from the Love they gave to me, in whatever form it was! I didn’t know it at the time, and it wasn’t until after I got clean on June 5th of 2016, and I saw the old me, dirty, frail, sick, and full of dis-ease, pan-handling just like me, that I realized, them people, those folks, no matter what or how little they gave me, restored my faith in humanity!!!

September is Self Awareness month, but in the spirit of Project Spare Change, I’d Love to kick it off early! So, the last week of August, I will donate 10% of the total sales that week for t-shirts to a local charity in my community for the underprivileged. Let’s show some Love, becuase there are a lot of people that are, for whatever reason. LIVING ON IT!!!!!

Saty up. Stay Human too…

#projectsparechange #inthegrip #whiteknuckles #builtnotbought

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