My life… continual strife. Not much nice has there been in my life, product of an addict and convict but there is a light. A light shines bright within me. It is sometimes dimmed by the troubles I’ve continually encountered as a youth, adolescence and adult. I found the most wonderful wife; but even that came with great strife. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger this is true, so I offer this message to you. I understand better the reason for such strife in my life; it is the fuel for my creativity. The pain causes me to write, share my light. My words will comfort the inconsolable because they understand I know their pain. Through my losses I gain greater insight and understanding of this short sorrowful life. My life may be filled with continual strife but I will never allow it to stop me from shining bright my beautiful internal eternal light.