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Rockin' Recovery

By: Super Star

Rockin' Recovery is the blog of Super Star, who chose to stay sober one day at a time after surviving an almost 15-year battle with addiction. He left the crack houses to mingle with Hollywood’s elite, which culminated in the creation of an all-star CD featuring his childhood musical heroes. Artists on the CD include current and former members of Kiss, Heart, The Goo Goo Dolls, Dokken and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He now devotes his life to educating others about the prevention and treatment of addiction.

 

Because actions matter – BAM!


Nov 20, 2012

Actions matterOver the past year-and-a-half I have been speaking to teens at middle and high schools from the east coast to the west coast about destructive behaviors, personal responsibility, and dream catching. What a rewarding and energizing experience it continues to be! I am grateful for the opportunities to speak with teens about things that matter to them and encourage crucial conversations. In each community, teens are eager to talk and want to have adults listen to them.

I speak to students on a variety of topics including drugs/alcohol, peer influences, family stress, bullying and we engage in conversations about what inspires them and what dream(s) they would like to achieve. Through all of my conversations, one thing that has been a constant is realizing the significance of our actions — the way we handle ourselves, present ourselves to others, do things, move, talk, work, play and so on. All those actions move us in one direction or another. Sometimes that direction is good and sometimes it may find us on a path of lessons — sometimes tough lessons.

“BAM!” is a word that I use often in my talks. The phrase came to me one day while I was speaking with students. I was looking for a word to excite and engage them. I found that I began to often use the word BAM! And so it has become my signature so to speak. But I felt something was missing. There needed to be more with BAM! Something that gave it meaning. So I started to pay more attention to the situations when I said BAM! I started thinking more deeply about what BAM! represents.

Ultimately, our actions define our destiny. Our path in life solely depends on the actions we take. Actions guide us in our journey; sometimes to good places and sometimes to not so good places. During my active addiction, my actions were destructive and took me to all the wrong places; some of the darkest and seediest places I have ever seen. Places I most certainly never want to see again. But in recovery, my actions have taken me to great heights and allowed me to climb many mountains celebrating the journey of the climb. This is part of my message to teens - our actions speak volumes and each action we choose matters! That’s when it hit me. BAM! … Because Actions Matter.

The way we treat others and ourselves has a direct impact on our well-being. Doing something as simple as holding the door open for someone or helping someone carry a bag of groceries to their car, as I found myself doing last week, not only made me feel good but led me to having an absolutely incredible rest of the day. We can’t forget those actions we take that enhance our own personal health and well-being. Basically, actions shape our destiny.

So, what actions did you take today that supported you in moving toward your dreams or that left you feeling joy or happiness?

Today I find great value in making my actions matter in a positive way. Putting one foot in front of the other has brought me a joy like none other; sometimes joy just in knowing I’m headed in the right direction!

So remember: BAM!

Because Actions DO Matter!

Comments

Christine  2491 days ago

Only 64 days sober, I was feeling a little down today so I went on the Renew sight to see if there was anything new posted, and BAM, I'm feeling much better now.:) Thanks Super Star and Renew!

Pat  2492 days ago

Motivates me to start my list today!

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