Here is an inspiring story of a guy who was not just down on his luck, but (in the words of the old blues song) "if it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all". A sports reporter found him and wrote a story of his fall in an article entitled "From a Benz to a bike". Briefly, Clayton Holmes was a three times Superbowl winner, a talented athlete and a generous giver who ended up penniless after "a life gone bad" through "misdeeds and mistakes ... late-night parties and long-legged women ... money earned and money squandered." But after the article was written he decided to turn his life around as described in the follow up article :Holmes making strides toward mending his life.
In itself his story is very inspiring, showing that no matter how bad it gets, you can do something about it. But the part that caught my attention was that he has chosen Scientology as part of his road back.
From the article:
Upon arriving in the nation's capital, he immediately contacted the Church of Scientology, a religious movement that had long intrigued him. For the ensuing two weeks, he rose at 5:30 a.m., took the Metro to the church and spent the entire day studying. He recently completed his first Scientology course -- one of the proudest academic achievements of his life. "I already see my studying skills improving," says Holmes, who suffers from ADD and is 17 credits shy of graduating from Carson-Newman College. "I know a lot of people look at Scientology and think it's hearsay or think of Tom Cruise, but I'd encourage people to read about it before making a judgment. All I know is it's helped me gain a proper perspective and outlook on certain things. I hope people choose not to bash Scientology and instead look at me as a person who is in the process of figuring out how to create a better environment for kids."
It's always great to see someone getting their life back together. I wish Clayton the best of luck!