The above is a link to my new blog!
I know, I can hardly keep up with this one so why would I start another one?
It’s been a long journey for me.
A lot of back and forth.
Some that I articulated here.
More that I simply lived and endured day after day.
Until I finally realized…
Finally got it…
I don’t fault myself for seeming to take “so long to get it.
I can’t even say I “wish” I realized it sooner.
I think I realized it exactly when I was able to realize it.
But here’s what I now know beyond even the tiniest shadow of a doubt:
If you want to change your life…
If you want to go from where you don’t want to be to where you do want to be…
If you want tomorrow to be different from all the yesterdays…
You have to STOP thinking about where you are but don’t want to be.
You have to CEASE lamenting all you don’t have but wish you did.
You have to LET GO of all that your life isn’t or wasn’t or won’t ever be and grab hold of all your life can be – as though it already is!
When you are married to an alcoholic, it seems logically that if you focus or concentrate on how horrible it is being married to him, you’ll find the energy and will to change the situation for yourself and your children, if you have any. But it turns out human nature is not quite so logical or obvious. I mean, at first glance it makes sense: if you keep at the forefront of your mind how much you hate your life, if you hold onto how disappointed you are in yourself, then you will fill up with the grit and determination required to change everything about yourself and your life.
If this was a game show, a loud, obnoxious buzzer would be sounding right now while a big giant X flashed on the screen.
Turns out the more the human psyche thinks or focuses on something – for better or worse! The more the human psyche works to keep that very thing a part of your Earthly experience.
And so it’s been with me for many years now.
All (ALL!) I was able to think about over the last years is how miserable it is being married to an alcoholic, how much I wanted to get out of said marriage and how horribly disappointed I was in who I had become. Turns out this is basically the trifecta of thought for keeping me right where I didn’t want to be, being who I did’t want to be.
So it’s time I start thinking – and writing- about different stuff!
But also pensive stuff.
Stuff that may not always fit neatly into the “alcoholic husband” category.
Stuff that, I hope, may be helpful or hopeful, interesting or inspiring to a reader even if she isn’t married to an alcoholic.
I will still write here – when my thoughts are heavy on the alcoholic-husband topic. But I suppose if I’m honest, my journey is to move away from all things alcoholic husband – my thoughts, my emotions, my life and yes, this blog.
It’s ok though.
It’s a good move.
The move I’ve been moving toward for a very long time now I suppose.
Which brings me to my new book. (I’ll put a link at the end of this post.)
I don’t think I mentioned “alcoholic husband” even once in my new book.
It’s a series of letters I wrote to my husband over the course of about 18 months as I came to terms with the ending of my marriage. I never planned to publish these letters so it is the most raw and vulnerable of anything I have written. Sometimes I wonder, is it “too” raw? “Too” vulnerable? I don’t know that one could think of it as a “feel good” book. Not in any sort of traditional way but maybe in a hopeful way. As a record of personal growth and change. When I began putting the letters together for the manuscript, I was a little taken back by the darkness that was coming through. The depth of emotional despair being revealed – and I lived it! But by the end, I think the letters reveal the start of a transition within me.
The move away from hopelessness to hope.
The shift from grief to healing.
The journey from broken…