Over the next day or two I will publish a piece here in the blog about my stay in Stokes State Forest in New Jersey. But before I sit down to work that out, I wanted to make a bit of an announcement. Over the past year or so I have tolerated people making some slanderous, and I mean slanderous statements about me. The toll it has taken on me personally and professionally and on my health for that matter has been huge. I have withheld my fire on the legal front for several reasons. I will mention some but not all. First, there is a friend of mine that would get caught in the crossfire and I would rather absorb the blows than do a single solitary thing to wound him. Second, I am trying to find peace and serenity in my life and so I would prefer to avoid firing legal rounds or bringing things to the media. I do not want to wound or hurt anyone.
But here’s the thing. Over the past week I was told that an individual told a blatant and dangerous lie; one that at first glance looks like it was intended to wound my friend referenced above, yet, on further inspection poses far greater risk of damaging me. Let it be known that I have had enough. My sobriety is the most precious thing in my life. I know that anything I put before my sobriety I will lose. But I am no fool when it comes to the legal front and underestimating my capacity to pull that trigger if the lying continues would be foolish.
All I want in life is to write, help as many people as I can discover that they are valuable and wonderful even if they are having a hard time seeing these truths. I have had enough of being pushed…it would be unwise for anyone to push my me and more. A word to the wise, as they say.