logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g
g 12 Step Recovery Site

BellaOnline's 12 Step Recovery Editor

g

Pay It Forward


When I first began writing as the 12 Step Recovery Editor for BellaOnline, I was asked to do a short bio which appears when you click on my name on the home page. The first paragraph is about how I have always wanted to be a “published” author and that writing for Bella would bring me a step closer. Well, my friends and readers, it is actually going to happen. I am under contract to write my very first book!

I am excited and intimidated at the same time. My addictive nature sometimes tells me what I can't do or can't do good enough. Fortunately, there are enough people who know and support me to make me believe in myself. All of you who have read my articles for the past three years have encouraged me to continue writing either by your emails or just by the fact that I can see how many of you visit the 12 Step Recovery site on a monthly basis. It is because of all of you that I have been offered this unbelievable opportunity to write a book....a “real” book!

And so my work begins but I need your help. This book is about intervention. Not necessarily what you see on TV but how each one of you ended up in recovery. Perhaps you personally did not make the decision to get into recovery and had a “formal” intervention; perhaps your family/friends either got together or you got tired of hearing them and with their help, decided to recover; or maybe, it was that moment of clarity when you just knew it was time. There is something “divine” in that one!

The book will be the stories of people like you and me. I want to include different addictions (gambling, food, love/sex, etc) in addition to alcohol and drugs (including nicotine...it kills). I am not looking for any of you to be the writer but I am seeking information about you to write your story. Not only is your story important but I also want to get your story from the viewpoint of your family/friend or interventionist. I think they would probably be very different.

This book is not going to be only for addicts in recovery. The publisher believes that it should be something that appeals to the families and friends of addicts to offer them hope and a solution. I agree. Every single one of us has a story to tell. Please don't think that yours is not “exciting” enough. That's not what I'm looking for.

The book will not be published until Fall, 2011 but my manuscript must be complete by the end of October, 2010. That is not a long time because the manuscript is not coming from my own thoughts but from the lives of others. My good friend (a normie) said that writing this book was a way of paying it forward. I honestly had never thought of that but I guess it is true. The only way I can appreciate the help and support I was given by others in my recovery is to pay it forward. Pay it forward with me by allowing me to share your experiences, strengths and hopes with those who need to hear it.

If you are interested in getting more information, please email me from the BellaOnline site or directly at gratefulrecovery@gmail.com. It is also very important that you know that you and anyone contributing to your story will remain 100% anonymous (even my name on the book will be Kathy L!) If you are a counselor, rehab, intervention organization and wish to be acknowledged by name, that can be done. And, if you are anyone of the above, I need folks like you to provide facts and stories. I welcome any of you in Alanon, CODA, Alateen or any other of the support groups. (Hear that, Jody??)

I hope none of you feel cheated that the “article” this week was really all about me. I have a feeling, no, I take that back. I am SURE that you will be hearing more about what “Kathy L. needs for her book”. So please bear with me. I will continue to write for Bella weekly and hopefully it will bring many of you to a point where you will realize the importance of your recovery and want to pay it forward with me!

May you walk your journey in peace and harmony. Namaste'.

Add Pay+It+Forward to Twitter Add Pay+It+Forward to Facebook Add Pay+It+Forward to MySpace Add Pay+It+Forward to Del.icio.us Digg Pay+It+Forward Add Pay+It+Forward to Yahoo My Web Add Pay+It+Forward to Google Bookmarks Add Pay+It+Forward to Stumbleupon Add Pay+It+Forward to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the 12 Step Recovery Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Kathy L.. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Kathy L.. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Kathy L. for details.

g


g features
What Am I Missing?

Remembering My Dad

Feeling Gratitude

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor