Since starting my blog several months ago, I’ve had a lot of people tell me I should write a book. My meditation practice this morning was about taking risks or stepping out of our comfort zones. When I contemplated this idea, I realized how much my very first step in becoming alcohol free was the decision I made to share my story on Facebook. That single risk has led to so many wonderful things in my life, the most important was uncovering my love of writing.
In times of doubt, the one constant in my life is writing. If I don’t have anything to write about in my blog, I jot thoughts down in my journal. I am writing love letters to my family and friends. I have a gratitude journal that I write in faithfully every day. Each time I feel like I’ve got nothing more to say, another stream of ideas pour out and I write.
Writing keeps me accountable. It inspires me. And it’s keeping me sober. By sharing my thoughts in writing, whether privately or for others to see, I am able to see a future in a world I want to belong.
I don’t know if I’ll ever write a book. If I do, I don’t have a clue what it will be about. But just the thought of possibly writing a book someday, keeps me going. When titles of books pop in my head, I write them down. Taking risks has led me to where I am today and I am not ready to stop that practice.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go” – T.S. Eliot
“Do one thing everyday that scares you” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety” – Goethe
“Never let odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“Leap and the net will appear” – Zen saying
“Pearls don’t lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it” – Chinese proverb
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