Post by Susan P. on May 19, 2020 14:52:11 GMT -8
This forum is for newcomers to get started on writing, which is a very important part of recovery. When you are writing things come into your head that had been buried in your unconscious. In other words, you are learning from yourself. You are both student and teacher. You can also use this later on to remind yourself how far you have come, and to help other newcomers who are struggling.
Be courageous. Be honest. Love Yourself. List the positive stuff right next to the negative stuff. Explain to others what has helped you the most and what has not.
I like this picture because I started my recovery journal with a typewriter and carbon paper. It was not even electric. It was a manual. I could type a whole manuscript without a typo back then. No spell check. In case you are young, the cc on your email stands for carbon copy and the bcc is for blind carbon copy.
Typing has been good to me. I took a typing course one summer in high school and when I wanted to get off of government assistance (welfare) I was able to get a job with a temp agent called Kelly Girl. My first day my boss asked me to white out a word and I asked him, "What is white out?" He said, "You really are new aren't you."
But that job led to a career as a secretary for 25 years and when I learned word processing I wrote a book. I still think God gave me the idea to learn typing. My counselors did not think I would need it as I was smart and supposed to have a career as a lawyer with my own secretary. Little did they know how love addiction and codependency could turn your world upside down. But I am happy I am a writer and a helper and not a lawyer like my grandfather. All is well.
I digress . . . enjoy writing your journal . . .