The next morning I was setting in a joint trying to get a beer to stay down when an Indian fortune teller came up and wanted to tell my fortune. I told him to go away and that I had no money to give him. That was true, I was down to rickshaw fair by then. He said he'd tell me my fortune and I
could pay him later. I said go ahead and he did.
This is what he told me. I was going to a place I didn't know I was going to and would be met by someone I didn't expect to see. That person would know where I was going before I did. I would have two children but no one to carry my name on. I would have many blessings but the greatest would be helping others and that would be my salvation. I'd live long and be very wealthy but have no money. God would watch out for me always and I'd find serenity.
I said thanks and he went away and I never have seen him again so far. We went from Thailand to China and then home. We were to pull into San Francisco but that was changed to L.A. Then changed again to New Orleans and 6 hours before there to Tampa.
On the pier in Tampa was the woman who became my first wife in from San Pedro. She had been in Tampa three days.
Three years later we married and had two children both girls. Five years after I saw this man I got sober and one of the ways I stay sober is helping others.It is also the most rewarding thing I have ever done.
I have lived longer than I ever thought I would and I think I am the wealthiest man I know. My total monetary worth would not buy a good suit of clothes. Serenity is a strange thing. I have it most of the time but it is like smoke. When you try to grasp it it slips away.
I feel God has blessed me every day of my life. It's just hard to see some days. I think this forum is a blessing. I wonder if any of you have any idea how much being able to talk about all these things without holding back helps me
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