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Living Through A Hurricane, Tornado And Earthquake All In Three Days

Updated on August 13, 2013

Well to start with I have been going through the sale of my home since February 2011 and it will go to settlement in Monday August 29, 2011. What we had to go through and all the paper work was unreal. I have sold many of house in my day and bought many as well, but this was different, it was a short sale do to our economy as it is today and the house market is not in too good of shape.

My life dream was to live by the Ocean and I was willing to do anything it took to get there. Beings I was now clean and sober and got over that huge hurdle, selling this house as a short sale was a breeze, so I (we) thought. In the meantime I hired a lawyer to take care of my end of the sale..

As many of you know I purchased a shore home back in February when I put my house on the market. The shore home needed much repair and re-modeling in which the wife and I took care off with gutting house and re-doing it in it's entire.

As the month went by the paperwork became more intense and complicated, but my lawyer made it happen, thank God because I certainly didn't need tow houses. We really went through the tortures of you know what with everything HUD wanted just to qualify for a short sale of my home. If they would of rejected the sale and the price offered I would of been in a big mess, but it worked out just fine. It just took longer than I wanted it to be.

Now to Get to the Huge Stuff

Living through a Hurricane, Tornado and Earthquake all in three days was the test of all times for me. For what i went through with the house sale and these these natural disasters, the wife and I have had enough.

I truly believe I was out through the biggest test of my life by God, meaning I think he wanted to see if i could stay clean and sober with all that had been going in my life. Would I break and crack open the cans of beer again or will I stay strong and figure out and live through these many different things that were thrown at me pretty much all at the same time?

I must say, I am so proud of myself that I stood strong and held back my demons that were so eager to take over my life again. I would never let that happen to me nor my wife and family no matter what was thrown my way in life. I made that promise to myself almost two years ago that I would never touch an alcoholic drink for the rest of my life and I stood by my promise to myself.

If I were to break and start drinking alcohol again I would so disappointed in myself that I was too weak to fight off my past demons and would never forgive myself. Now I can say that I can work out anything in my life no matter what happens without using alcohol as my crutch to get through life's journeys and the up and downs that come with life itself.

The reason I am writing these is to let everyone, every alcoholic know that there is always hope and if you live with a positive attitude in your life you will be able to get through anything without the horrible addiction of alcohol.

I'm not going to sit here and lie to you and tell you I never thought about drinking a beer or any alcohol, because it crossed my mind on a few occasions during the last six months, but the big thing is, even though I thought about drinking again to ease all the pain and worry, I DID NOT BREAK and start drinking again.

SO, this goes to show you that if you have it in your heart and soul to be clean and sober and stay clean and sober no matter what life throws your way you will make it and not let alcohol take over your life again. It is all in your own hands, so stay positive, stay strong and live your life the way it should be lived and that's living it with sobriety.


© 2011 Mark Bruno


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    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Lady_E. It is so great to hear from you :) I really believe it was the test of my life and I have passed it. I am so happy with my life life you have no idea. It is the first time in a long time that I am now smiling again.

      God Bless you as well and lets stay intouch if we can.


    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      homesteadbound, Thanks for reading and commenting. We were very lucky. Lots of prayers went our from me and my wife.I had two home to worry about and it is such a relief to only have my dream home by the Ocean. settlement went through fine and new buyer moved in. See you in the forum and thanks again.

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      7 years ago from London, UK

      I'm glad you stood firm too (It goes to show you have conquered it) and also glad that you and your family are safe.

      Best Wishes.

    • homesteadbound profile image

      Cindy Murdoch 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Good for you! I'm happy for you and your family! Now you get to live the dream.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      terrektwo, Thanks for the comment and the interesting part is that is all SO True.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      terrektwo, Thanks for the comment and the interesting part is that is all SO True.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      7 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Man from Modesto, And that is exactly what I have done and I am now free

    • terrektwo profile image

      Candle Hour 

      7 years ago from North America

      very interesting hub!

    • Man from Modesto profile image

      Man from Modesto 

      7 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil, and he shall flee from you. James 4:7


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