Today, I Need To Write

Today, I Need To Write

Our needs tend to differ day-to-day, hour-to-hour. Last night I lay in bed awake and became hungry. Out of nowhere a hankering arose and I craved a Lärabar. So, my feet landed on the floor and I paced myself to the snack cabinet to grab, and enjoy, the unique cashew-blend. 

Last weekend I was called home to Mesa, Arizona, to be with family and friends for the loss of a loved one; a very special one. Nothing could’ve stopped me. The need demanded it. 

Today my need is simple. All I need to do is write.

Writing Helps

Writing is a responsibility I take seriously. I want to improve. I’ve always been passionate about the words I choose; it’s a part of who I am.  

In its quiet way, writing adds volume and passion to life. There is no limit to how this skill serves me. Peace, sobriety, and happiness, one word after another.  

At times, the intuitive nature of smooth flowing language is adept and fluid. Other times, putting a sentence together is a battle, like playing refined and cultivated music for a novice.  

I heard it recently: writing is like a muscle and needs to be fed, worked, and strengthened. I relate with this. It makes sense to me. It gives me hope. 

This gift allows me the liberty and prudence of directing personal energy and thoughts into words that never die; the word itself is life.  

Every move counts, every thought important, every word matters - this is writing! 

Tomorrow 

Tomorrow will present several challenges: blog topics, web design, learning my voice, online etiquette. Sometimes the fear affects me more than I care to admit.  

I’m a drug addict and was on the street for 10 years. Where the hell do I start? 

Good things happen to good people, and I believe they do. Truth is, I don’t need to know everything right now. I want to enjoy the process. Good things come in time. Besides, I get in trouble when I move too fast.  

Today is the time to live. Now is the time to be happy. Right now.  

Today 

Small victories win the war. I began this post with a brain too concerned about the effects of the day. Now, a short time later, my head is clear and I feel alive. This is going to be fun.  

Like the muscle, my skill will grow in strength and routine, but this day it didn’t matter. The goal was to write and finish a post without stopping, thus creating a habit and momentum for future endeavors; hoping the process will be easier to duplicate. 

No doubt, I will analyse and dissect the product, and possibly over-edit. I will spend days digging into the strengths and weaknesses encountered, and these experiences I hope to master and simplify. But this isn’t about that. This is about writing. And today I wrote. Victory. 

Work slow. All things in order. Good things happen to good people.

 

About the Author

Tate Gunning

Tate Gunning

Tate Gunning has entered his life purpose with the creation of Inhouse Treatment. For over 10 years, he suffered from addiction, living homeless, in jail, and on the streets. Rehab didn’t work; he couldn’t get clean. Now 3 years sober and completely transformed, he is ready to teach the enjoyment of recovery.

Comments (6)

  • Paul S

    • 12 July 2017 at 11:42
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    "In its quiet way, writing adds volume and passion to life. There is no limit to how this skill serves me. Peace, sobriety, and happiness, one word after another. " - This. This is fantastic, Tate. And the rest of your blog spoke to me. I was just catching up on comments, including your brilliant ones, about writing on my blog, then clicked over to see this. Perfect timing!

    I love the analogy of the muscle and you are right. It's something that I need to keep on top of. It's like that adage - 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration. If I wait until I am inspired, I am dead. Nothing will get done. So I sometimes drag myself to the keyboard, and then like you, there is a victory. Even if it's small.

    Great post, Tate. Seriously. Loved it. And I look forward to more!
    Blessings
    Paul

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    • Tate Gunning

      • 14 July 2017 at 19:51
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      Paul, I'm always so inspired by your words. Awesome you'd stop by here. First comment left in Inhouse Treatment history; this is never to be forgotten. So glad you enjoyed the site. It's a work in progress, for sure. I've said it before, but I'll say it again: we are so fortunate to have each other, and the rest of our recovery family, on this journey of recovery we are on. I'm here, brother, if you ever need me. Great appreciation for you, Tate

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    • Tate Gunning

      • 14 July 2017 at 19:45
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      Dan, this means a whole lot coming from you. So thankful for your leadership, friendship, and guidance down this path we are on. We wake up each day and fight, and things have a way of working out. Lots of love for you, brother. Have a good weekend, Tate

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  • Finding a Sober Miracle

    • 14 July 2017 at 08:27
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    I am sure your story is amazing. And the fact that you lived to write about it is most definitely a miracle. I think of writing as a sacred process. The divine speaks to you and through you -- no editing needed. Having worked for years as primarily an editor, I have a hard time sticking to the no editing part. Love what you've done so far --
    Shawna

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    • Tate Gunning

      • 15 July 2017 at 21:04
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      Hi Shawna! I recently enjoyed your about me page and eager to read one of your post. It's funny, because I looked all over for your name and couldn't find it. Now, here you are. Thank you for commenting - we view writing in similar light. I too, like a connection with the Divine, and writing is an awesome way to elevate the connection. I look forward to staying connected, and appreciate you reaching out on this one! Love and light, Tate

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