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George Resch George Resch paradigm shifter. motivational pundit. serenity finder.

George Resch loves seeing light bulbs illuminate over people's heads. He uses what he's learned about life to spark paradigm shifts that help people feel better. [www.happyisthenewrich.wordpress.com]

About eight years ago, I took a major turn – I stopped drinking and doing drugs. I said to myself, “Come on, man, get it together.” As I was getting sober, I was so happy to have found some kind of relief, because it had seemed like there was no end in sight. Then, seven months later, one of my closest friends died of a drug overdose. We were both 22 at the time. He was my running buddy. He’d ask me, “Dude, how are you not drinking? What are you doing?”

He was an amazing guy. I dream about him often and think about him every day. I go to his gravesite. I’d love to speak to him. I could easily have taken a turn for the worse when he died – picked up a drink to not have to deal with it all. Instead, his death added fuel to my fire. It became even more important for me to move forward.

What’s most meaningful to me at this point in my life is staying out of my own head. If I’m walking around thinking — What do I need to do? What do I need to get? What do I need to fix? What’s wrong with other people? What’s wrong with me? – I miss opportunities to be of service. We can feel when people are having a bad day or are wrapped up in fear. I try to smile or wave or let someone go in front of me when I’m driving – even little things can make a difference to someone.

It’s a constant challenge and an opportunity for me to see what I’m made of spiritually. What helps me stay on track and get back on track is bringing my awareness to the situation and focusing on the first line of the “Serenity Prayer,” by Reinhold Niebuhr: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.” By doing things like meditation, prayer, exercising, being kind to myself, and saying nice things to myself throughout the day, I find that place of serenity.

I’d like to thank my friend who died for giving me one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in my life, one that’s allowed me to continue to learn more lessons. He taught me to live.

– George Resch

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