The history of Schuylkill County spans a time period of over 200 years. More recently and often referred to as "the Skook"," this county is located in the lower half of Pennsylvania's Anthracite Region and it's borders expand to surround some of the most productive farming soils in the state of PA.
Inside of this area residents live in densely populated coal mining towns that were built and remained because of the great demand for hard coal in the mid to late 1800's and on.
Outside of these mountainous mining areas there are sprawling fertile valleys filled with farms and small rural towns, some which still have yet to see a stoplight hanging over there main streets.
Much like the rest of Pennsylvania, when you actually take some time to SEE IT, this area is filled with beauty, with nature, and with an abundance of basic resources that give us the ability to become prosperous and grow our communities in a very positive way.
IT'S ALL RIGHT HERE..AN INCREDIBLE FUTURE FOR THE MAKING
Yet in this county the beauty and chance to embrace opportunity for positive growth is to often and easily dismissed by what seems like a social consciousness to engage in activities, live lifestyles and make choices that not only limit the use of our potential, but also many times have a devastating effect on our residents and their families.
I know this because I WAS a person who engaged in many of these activities, lived many of these lifestyles and made many bad choices.
Before December 22nd 2011, drug and alcohol use was my favorite activity. As a result of this activity I lived a very selfish lifestyle. In this selfish lifestyle I eventually made many bad choices that hurt myself, others and the people who loved me the most.
Like so many people today, I also struggled greatly because...
- I lived with a sense of entitlement.
- I was lost in what was good for me, or how does that benefit me? I didn't really seem to care to much about the rest of the world, accept when I found a reason to blame the rest of the world for all of my problems and shortcomings.
- I never held myself accountable for my actions.
- I always thought I was a "victim" of every circumstance.
- I couldn't hold a steady job.
- Although I learned many things from them, I failed at all my entrepreneurial ventures.
- I overlooked all of the qualities that make us human.
- I only loved when I needed to be loved. I only helped when I needed help.
- I only gave with the expectation of something in return.
- I judged people without even knowing them.
- I never encouraged others, shared hope, or gave strength to those in need.
- I surrounded myself with negative people who were suffering just as I was.
- I was suffering from a disease of the mind that is considered to be insanity.
And the list can go on....
If this list would have kept going, the last thing that I WOULDN'T have been able to type is...
"I died as a result of MY choices."
THERE IS NOT ENOUGH ENERGY IN WORDS TO BE ABLE TO FULLY EXPRESS THE AMOUNT GRATITUDE THAT I HAVE FOR SAYING THIS
"I survived AS A RESULT OF making better CHOICES"
One of the biggest choices I made was to surrender to my addiction. By surrendering to my addiction and getting around a fellowship of people who understood my disease I was able to rise up and embrace a more spiritual and SELFLESS way of life. With this spiritual way of life my awareness grew tremendously. And by expanding on the qualities of love, gratitude and forgiveness I began to find my true self.
Being self-aware brought an incredible amount of realizations into my life. The thing I began to realize the most is how important it is that we have a giving aspect to all that we do.
It's only because I understand my disease that this realization is now becoming amplified because of a specific reason. It's being amplified because of how society has mishandled the disease that I am now in recovery from.
I give to you....
The Skook Recovers
As part of "The Featherhawk Project," The Skook Recovers is an inspirational based project specifically created for the people of Schuykill County.
This Facebook page, the website and the overall project is intended specifically for recovering people and those affected by any disease of the mind. It was created for the purpose of sharing and inspiring with the use of personal testimonies, written words, videos and articles that give knowledge, strength and hope to those in need.
The 3 biggest goals are this:
1. By using "the Skook Recovers" as a platform for recovering people In Schuykill County to openly share their knowledge, strength and hope for everyone to see, read and/or hear, we aim to give hope, to educate, to inspire those who are still struggling and to give new perspective to those who are being affected by diseases of the mind.
2. To educate, provide information and bring into the public the severity of these diseases and to show everyone that we care about those who are suffering,and as importantly, those who are affected by loved ones whom struggle to find a better way of life.
3. To create much needed social compassion by taking immediate action on how we treat these diseases and the people who are suffering from them. This includes changing the dialect and how we communicate with each other about these diseases.
4. To keep hope alive...because we all have the ability to overcome these heartbreaking diseases.
5. To actively engage in these goals and set an example for the rest of the world
Traditional methods are not failing but they are falling behind. This is a people's project that is becoming one of great importance.
Why? You might ask...
It's because we how finally come to the understanding that it is profoundly important for people seeking a better sober way of life, that they have a loving supporting community standing behind, encouraging them during the whole process.
TOGETHER IT WILL BECOME BETTER.
With love, strength and hope for your continued support
Recovery is possible, and it happens inside and outside of meetings, church basements and 12 step programs.
"The Skook Recovers" was created from a spiritual standpoint but we are not affiliated with any 12 step program.
This project and and this page fall under the "room full of light." guidelines created by The Featherhawk which basically means positivity in and negativity out.