I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it. — William Faulkner
It goes without saying I am no William Faulkner however, I will say that I do identify with this quote. Taking the time to write is a great way to sort through how I really think. I had never been a reader or writer. I had extreme difficulty in high school primarily due to the fact that I was using on a daily basis. I rarely attended classes in fact my mom would drive me to school watch me go in the front door to make sure I made it. I would simply walk out the back door.
In 1980, I went to prison to serve a sentence for robbery, it was there that I began to read and write. I took my GED and eventually began to attend college. Besides writing papers in college most of my writing was to friends and family. Yet I began to write letters that expressed how I felt about my situation.
Putting ink to paper or in todays e-world on our phones, computers or other electronic devices gives us the ability to think through things. The steps suggest that we do exactly that. We sit and take the time to write out our inventory and list who we need to make amends with. Another valuable exercise is a daily journal. Journaling offers us the ability to think through our daily lives and decisions. It is a great tool for our 10th step as it offers us clarity on a daily basis. All in all making a new habit of writing can be extremely rewarding. Life is goooood!
Go, Go, Go…
PS I want to encourage my friend Dennis that is in a similar situation with the Department of Corrections in New York to stay the course and stay focused on what truly matters, family, self and recovery… Love ya bro…