If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. Matthew 5:15-16 (MSG)
Shari Hampton | Served Up Sober
Tell us a little about your website/mission/ministry.
Served up Sober is a candid and sometimes dispassionate view on addiction, sobriety and recovery. It’s also about emotions: lack, doubt, fear. I blog about any and all things that hijack our sobriety and block us from life’s blessings.
What is the number one thing on your bucket list? Will you do it?
Travel. Starting with the wonders of the world. I’ve got one in the bucket, Grand Canyon, so there’s much to do.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your younger self?
To love myself passionately and completely. Self love is the best love.<
If you could change anything about the world we live in now, what would it be and why?
For us to truly understood that all are fearfully and wonderfully made. The human race. We are stunning beauties. If we could just learn to celebrate our diversity. We are so polarized by race, politics, culture, gender, etc. If I could create a new lens that could shift the worlds view, it would be lens of acceptance.
If you could spend an evening with any fictional character, who would it be? What would you do?
That’s soooooo hard. Probably Gilligan from Gilligan’s Island. It was my favorite show growing up. I always wanted to jump into the T.V. to help him because “rescue” was always hiding right under Gilligan’s nose. Loved that show.
I’ve included you because I believe you are bringing much-needed light to this world. Why do you do what you do? What keeps you going every day?
So when I got sober, I believe I finally came correct. In the sense that I was ready…ready for God to finally have his way. Control is so exhausting and it’s amazing what happens when we just let go and let God do his thing. When I let go, I received a power from Him I’d never known. Not a power to make life perfect, but a power to live despite adversity. Life didn’t get easier. No, it got harder at first. My dad died, and then five other family members with six months. Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam, Bam — just like that…six loved ones. Gone. But, by God’s grace I maintained my sobriety. Facing these challenges gave me a power to live life on new levels. I know it can be done. By anyone. My default setting is to be of service. I like to motivate and inspire others. Despite my ego’s angst, my spirit feels pulled to recover out loud so that others can see what is possible.