From the May 2011 magazine.

The Deep End

A former swimmer shares lessons learned through a life of financial ups and downs

One of the promises states that we'll lose the fear of financial insecurity. I've run the gamut on that one. One good thing from my childhood is that my father was a tool and dye maker from Denmark. He had a good work ethic, and he'd tell me over and over and over again, "There's nothing like a good job, Linda." He was the "good guy" in my alcoholic family, the provider, and I must have taken his words to heart as I've always worked, even under the most difficult circumstances.

In my younger years, I was a professional swimmer for several years. Then I entered into corporate life and had one job for the next sixteen years until I was seven years sober. Up until that time, I thought you "worked to make money." One of my early lessons in sobriety was that "God's will is for me is my heart's desire." I had no clue to what my heart's desire was—but I knew that I hated my current job, and I was too scared to quit the job because of financial insecurity. Lesson learned. Once you turn your will and your life over to the care of God, if it's time to move on and you're not able to move on, then you'll be moved on.

-- Linda I.

El Granada, California

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