Pea Soup For The Pissed Off Soul
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If you have been around the tables of any 12-step community long enough, you know that there are plenty of common sayings floating around. For example, “One Day at a Time.” “To Thine Own Self Be True.” “Think, Think, Think.” “Easy Does It.” And the panacea of all ills; “Write About It.” Though writing is the best solution, it’s a solution most of us don’t really like.Why don’t we like it? Most of us don’t like putting pen to paper because we know the written inventory is designed to help us see our role. And sometimes no matter how much we do write; we can’t see our own faulty behaviors. Sometimes we even think we have no part. I have learned that sometimes finding my part is as easy as looking at my responses to the offenders and offenses. (see page 67 of the Big Book.) A friend once said, “She is no doubt 9/10ths responsible for the situation, but on careful inspection you will find your part, and you will ask yourself, what am I going to do about the 1/10th I am responsible for?” That made sense to me, and so started my journey cleaning up my side of the street.I found myself needing a better tool to write about my irritations. I needed something more fun and less daunting than our (beloved, tried and tested) columns. All hail the columns! But I wanted to open them up a little. So, I began creating this journal as a tool for myself. Then it occurred to me that it might be helpful to others.My hope is that Pea Soup for the Pissed Off Soul becomes a valuable companion on your journey to clean and sober living. This journal teaches you how to do the dreaded yet liberating work of writing it down. It is a welcoming space to air your feelings and thoughts, without judgment, and with a little fun and love. I’ve included a suggested template and a sample of how it is used that might be helpful, followed by a glossary in the back that will prove useful incorporating recovery terminology into your writing. But, as our program wisely advises us, take what you need and leave the rest. Pea Soup for the Pissed Off Soul is for you in your unique recovery process.The task ahead of you is never as great as the Power behind you. Carry on!
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