THOUGHT OF THE DAY

Could not have said it better myself!!! Thanks fightorflights for this thought for the day!!

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One-Liner Wednesday | “PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF!!”

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday!

 “PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF!!”

On August 30, 2013 I gave up/lost a job that I loved with all my heart with the University of Texas at San Antonio University Career Center because my ALCOHOLISM/ADDICTION to cocaine had become more important to me than doing the job that I so loved. Since that time I have been working my program in Alcoholics Anonymous, doing service with my home group and doing service with Global Steps AA an online group housed at In The Rooms.

Since August 2013 I have applied for 46 different positions that I was qualified to do with The University of Texas at San Antonio. I got several interviews and things just did not work out. I had former colleagues and friends across the nation that said GIVE IT UP, YOU WILL NEVER be HIRED BACK there!!!!! “NEVER SAY NEVER!!!”

I am so overjoyed and ecstatic to say that on July 1, 2015 I am returning to work to the University that I so love and it is because of my persistence!!! So again it bears repeating “PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF!!!!” 

So until next time, that’s “What’s Rattling My Cage!!”

One-Liner Wednesday | “Waiting is the Hardest Part!!”

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday!

Waiting is the hardest part!! So last Wednesday 6/3/15 I interviewed for a position at my beloved University of Texas at San Antonio with an individual, who has been on two other selection committees that I interviewed with in the last few months, and her two other committee members. She is very aware of all my baggage. On Friday 6/5 I met with her boss an Assistant Vice President. Both the interview and the meeting went extremely well. As with all interview processes it takes time and with the University it can take up to two to three weeks before you hear back. I feel very good about this particular possible opportunity to return back to a place that I love with all my heart. It bears repeating – WAITING IS THE HARDEST PART!!!!!!!

Until next time, that’s “What’s Rattling My Cage!!”

SoCS | Am I too FREE with my Information??

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday!!

If you have ever read any of my posts then you are well aware that I am not afraid to discuss information about my recovery from alcoholism and addiction to cocaine. I am also not afraid to talk about information regarding my recent clinical diagnosis of bipolar depressive disorder. I am definitely not afraid to give information about my living with HIV/AIDS since January 1997. Finally I can not give you enough information about my being a very proud gay man who knew at the age of 6 that he was different.

I have been told my entire adult life, don’t give more information than you have too. Give just enough information to get you by. That information is nobody’s business why are you telling on yourself? If you share that information you are going to get your ass kicked because people hate fags and they definitely hate fags with HIV/AIDS. People really do not like individuals that are alcoholic or cocaine addicts because they will never trust you to do the right thing, do not share that information. Never share any of this information with your employer and especially never share the information with prospective employers.

This is what I say – SCREW THAT!!! I have to be honest and share that information and unfortunately there is information about me that stinks – I AM NOT NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN PERFECT!!!!! But guess what, that is information that I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF!!!! Why because the only way to rid the world of ignorance and get them talking about gay men with HIV/AIDS, Alcoholism/Addiction/, mental diseases such as bipolar depression, and whatever else I have lived in my life is by getting people involved in the CONVERSATION OPENLY!!!!!! 

So until next time, that’s What’s Rattling My Cage!!”

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A Very Late One-Liner Wednesday| “Often you have to HUMBLE yourself!!!”

This post is late and is part of Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday!

“Often you have to HUMBLE yourself!!!”

On Wednesday I sat in an interview for an Administrative Associate II position with a department at my BELOVED University of Texas at San Antonio where I left in August 2013 due to my alcoholism and addiction to cocaine being more important than staying at a place that I loved and had been at for over six years.

The panelist asked this question, “After having risen from a student worker to an Administrative Associate II and then to Administrative Service Officer I, if you are hired for this Administrative Associate II position will this affect your ability to do the job? Or will you struggle because you will always feel like you should be in a higher position?”

I simply stated that in recovery often  you have to HUMBLE yourself and greater things will happen!!! THAT IS LIFE IN RECOVERY!!!!!!

Until next time, that’s “What’s Rattling My Cage!!”