If 2013 was the year that you addressed and overcame your dependency issues, then congratulations! Be proud, be excited and continue to embrace the new journey that that decision affords you. If you’re
where you want to be, then the year should have been one filled with the possible instead of one that had to be simply endured once again. If it’s not quite yet where you want it to be, be patient and keep striving, keep dreaming, keep learning and most importantly, keep deciding and following through on those decisions. For in order to create a better reality for yourself, you have to stretch beyond the hypothetical and take action to realize the benefits of your emotional and intellectual growth. It’s hard work but it is also fun and rewarding. It’s also very real and you can actually feel it when it starts to fall into place.
I want to thank each and every one of you that has stopped by here to hang out for a minute or two and read the blog. Perhaps you initially stopped by to see what “The Freedom to Recover” was all about and liked some of what you saw. The emails and letters I’ve received from some of you fill my heart with happiness. I’ve made a lot of friends here all of whom I hope to meet in person some day in my travels. Your success and growth inspire me to continue to do the same.
In February of 2014 it will have been a year since I threw all caution to the wind and hit that “submit” button in order to upload the book to both Amazon and B&N. While the pressing of that button took only a millisecond, a lifetime of experience, a lot of it not so good, went into that moment. If you’ve read the book and most of my blogs, you know my “story” so there’s no need to go there again (After all, that’s one thing many of us have heard repeated way too often, right?)
In this past year, I’ve met and/or corresponded with some amazing people who are on the leading edge of new ways in how we can both view and address dependency issues. I’ve learned so much along the way in that short time and I sometimes wonder if I shouldn’t maybe tweak “The Freedom to Recover” a bit. There is very little that I would change or discard but there are some to revelations that I would possibly add. Most of
those are in some way touched upon in the blogs that have been written since. Some have asked if there will be a “Freedom”, Part two or some kind of a follow up. It’s always a possibility but at the moment I’m working on piece of fiction instead. I hope to have the “Roooomz” out by the end of the year. Then there’s
my music. I’ve been playing and writing when I have the time and am trying to figure out exactly what to do and where to go with that.
Ahhh, but reality also beckons. I’ve dedicated the last 2 1/2 years to the writing, & publishing of the book
along with the blog and being very active on several recovery related websites, etc… While it’s not a 9-5
job, I spend well over 40 hours a week in those endeavors and continuing to satisfy my never ending thirst for knowledge and enlightenment. It’s both fun and exhausting but alas, it doesn’t pay the bills. Self-publishing might sound exciting, sexy and lucrative but the reality is that very rarely is it any of those things. Good thing that’s not why I did it! Those aforementioned letters and e-mails from you guys telling me that my words have made a positive impact on your lives was and is the impetus for having made the decision to share those thoughts and ideas.
So 2014 will find me spending less time conversing with the cyber world though I will continue to write here and work on the previously mentioned projects.
Readers, I can still use your help in two key areas. 1-If you’ve read, “The Freedom to Recover” and it had a positive contribution to your being, then adding a review to Amazon would be EXTREMELY helpful. I know some are hesitant to do so because due to the subject matter, they want to remain anonymous. I totally getways around that are to post the review under an assumed name using your regular e-mail or to create a new e-mail account and do the same. All reviews are good, even if you don’t agree with everything I have to
2-I would LOVE for my blog to become more interactive! I want to know what YOU think about some of the stuff I write or even better would be e-mails from you guys suggesting subjects that WE could explore together. Send your ideas to the "contact us" link-your e-mail address is NOT published with your submission.
That would be fun and I think more beneficial than just hearing my take on things. I mean after all, like Socrates once is supposed to have said “I know that I really don’t know anything”. I do however keep
questioning not only the answers but even the questions themselves. I implore you to do the same. It is in this way that we learn, grow and improve on our ability to shape our own destinies and maybe leave the world in a slightly happier mood than how we found it.
May 2014 be all that YOU want to make it!