Blessings Disguised as a Curse

In Health & Fitness, Inspiration by Cliff Green10 Comments

In my late teen years I started to get acne. The worst curse to ever hit teenagers. Just like every other non-knowing person, I tried everything on the market; from over the counter drugs and face washes to prescriptions. My acne took a turn for the worse when I decided to go see a dermatologist, who prescribed a drug to me a notch under Accutane. I can’t recall the exact name, but boy oh boy! My face broke out horribly.

This horrible break out happened the summer before my sophoMOOR year in college. I entered that year of school hating myself. I thought I was the ugliest person around. I felt cursed. I didn’t know why or how this was happening to me. I remember looking in the mirror at both sides of my face, using a handheld mirror for a side view. I was in so much anguish that thoughts of death and suicide crossed my mind for some time. Death seemed to be a better option than to go through life with this torment. I didn’t know how I could go on. I felt embarrassed to be in public. I didn’t want to go to school.

While in school I used the internet a lot, of course for school work but also for personal use. I searched everything on the internet to get rid of the wretched acne. The cure finally came to me. I needed to flush my system and change my eating habits. The American diet and lifestyle is toxic. The foods we eat are not natural to our bodies. They only build up toxins within them. The toxins came out of me through my skin which caused the acne. These toxins may affect you in different ways. For you it could be high blood pressure, overweight, diabetes, eczema, bad breath, cancer and the list of diseases go on and on.

Finally after some years, my curse (acne) turned into a blessing. Finding the cure and implementing the necessary steps to rid the acne lead to other positive things in my life. For instance; I feel and look better than I ever have. I have way more energy than most people; in which I am told daily. And since I do not eat junk food, I don’t spend money on it, leaving excess money in my pocket.

When you research enough you sometimes accidentally fall into other pieces of information. The more I landed on different areas of knowledge the clearer my mind got. I was lead to some real history and not that one-sided view of it in which school had taught me. I am now able to see through this world full of lies and deception. I couldn’t tell you if I would be the man I am today if I didn’t have acne. I probably would be the same average guy only worried about money, sex, cars and whatever other nonsense the world tells us to worry about. Would I be concerned with helping others to get through their problems? The curse of acne became a blessing of wisdom, knowledge and understanding in which I intend on spreading to the masses.

It sounds cliché but all negatives can be turned into positives. Know that everything that happens is for a reason. Know that the old saying, “God will never give you more than you can handle!” is true. You must display patience and faith that the Most High has a plan for you. Matthew 7: 7-8 speaks on the vigilant student in which you must be in this lifetime; “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Know that the answers are out there, more importantly the answers are within you. Take the time to study for yourself. The answers (blessings) will come to you and I promise the result will end in a better you.

It took me years to realize that my curse was a blessing in disguise. My prayer for you is that this short story of my life brings your blessing to you in half the time.

Thanks for reading and please leave a comment of encouragement for someone who may be going through a similar situation.


  1. I love the honesty and the everyday refreshers you give on how to live a better life. 🙂 keep it up, cliffy!

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      Thanks Laskmy! I’m really glad that you enjoy them! Can’t stop, wont stop Rocafella records cause we wait I’m not a rapper Lmao (I’m corny). Imma definitely keep it going tho!

  2. Son you are becoming a far better man than I could ever hope for in a son I remember when you were going thru your struggle with your acne I was always wishing I could do something to help you but I am now aware that it was a journey you had to go thru yourself it is my prayer that all young black men and women realize life is a struggle and you can not give up no matter what there is a purpose for every young black male and female and you just need to keep asking seeking and knocking and the great I AM will answer Love your mom

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      My favorite queen of all time, my Mom! Thank you for instilling godly principles within me that gave me the courage to keep pushing through all struggles and obstacles. The Great I AM has and will answer all questions. I love you mom!

  3. Bro each post gets better and better, you can feel the energy and positivity flowing through your words. Keep opening up, I promise you’re saving lives bro. #OneLove

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      Thanks bro, I appreciate that you take time out of your day to actually read them. That’s what we are here for to spread positive energy to whomever we come in contact with. Much Love my G.

  4. This one touched me the most. I could overstand and relate to everything you said. Even tho im still not where i want to be you definitely help motivate me to get better. Ive witnessed your growth and progress and im finally focused to do the same…Peace god

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      My brotha MOOReese, I’m glad you felt and OVERstood this one. You know its been my goal since day one to better myself and all the people around me. That’s what we do for each other. Iron sharpens iron, Proverbs 27:17. Hotep/ Shalom!

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