Write for You: No Pain

by Nancy Casey

If someone says, “No pain…” and then pauses, zillions of people will automatically say, “No gain.” Maybe you are one of them. A person might say it out loud, or they might say it in their mind, a message from themselves, an anti-affirmation.

“No pain, no gain” is a half-truth. Half-truths are dangerous thoughts. The true half lets in the false half. The false half can hurt you.

The true half of the statement, of course, is the idea that in overcoming pain and healing from its effects, a person learns and grows a lot.

The false half is the hidden implication that the first step on the path to growth is to inflict pain on oneself. Or to appreciate it when someone else does.

The full truth: Pain hurts. When there’s no pain, there’s no pain.

Today in your writing, celebrate the idea of being pain-free.

Begin, as always, by setting up your page. Draw a line at the top where you will write your title when you have finished. Set off an area for drawing or doodling if you want to.

Write the words, “No pain.” Then write down something that is possible in the absence of pain. Describe it a little. Or describe it in great detail if many details come to mind.

Then start a new line and write the words again, “No pain.” What else is possible in the absence of pain?

You can imagine the absence of certain pains in your own life, in the lives of other people, or in the whole big world. To keep from dwelling on the pain, don’t describe it. Just write “No pain,” and move on to describing what’s possible without it. When you think about the absence of a particular pain, sometimes you get derailed because there are so many ways to think about the pain. If that happens, interrupt yourself, ask, “And what would be possible without it?”

Nobody who is alive and aware in the world gets very far without experiencing pain. As you fill up this page you will create pain-free pockets in your imagination. Use your writing to enjoy what they are like.

Give your work a title when you have finished. Write the date on it as well.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. To do that, you can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.

A group called “Write for You” meets every Thursday at 5:00 pm at the Recovery Center. Anyone can drop in. In each class, people do a page-writing exercise like this one and hear a little pep talk about writing. There is also a closed group where people share their work. Someone who works hard and jumps through a few hoops can earn a Writing Certificate. You can get all the info by coming to the 5:00 class. Or find out more by contacting Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here.

Write for You: Advertise an Obligation

by Nancy Casey

Before you sit down to write today, cast your mind into the future and think about the many responsibilities and obligations that await you. Don’t allow yourself to dwell on any particular one or calculate whether you have time for them all. Resist mental scheduling and rescheduling. Just take an imaginary boat ride over that ocean of responsibility that you have out there.

You have responsibilities to yourself. You do so many different things each day to keep yourself alive, healthy and amused in the world.

Obligations arise in every kind of relationship—in families and friendships, with co-workers, among members of study and support groups, and in traffic. Even in fleeting relationships with strangers, we have certain obligations.

Many of us feel responsible for certain plants, animals, or machines. Many feel responsibilities towards their ancestors or others who are no longer alive.

Of all these myriad responsibilities that you have, choose one. Big or small. It doesn’t matter. Something you dread or something you love. Any responsibility or obligation that you have.

For your writing today, you will make a page-sized poster like the ones you see on bulletin boards and utility poles that advertise a coming event. The event you will advertise is the exciting opportunity to meet the responsibility that you have chosen to write about.

To give you some ideas for getting started, here are some of the elements of such a poster:

  • Different sizes of type or lettering
  • An eye-catching title
  • A bulleted list of enticements
  • Unpleasant parts are made to sound wonderful
  • Short phrases
  • An inviting tone
  • Illustration
  • Color
  • Conveys interest and excitement
  • Grabs your interest from across the room.

Here is an example of what a person could do.

When you have finished the poster, read it over and check out how it looks from far away. Add anything else that you need on the page. Write the date on it as well.

You can share your poster by taking a picture of it and posting it as a comment below.

Writing classes start this Thursday at the LRC! Please come! 5:00-6:30pm.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories, novels, homework, etc. To sign up for the classes she teaches at the Recovery Center or get more information about them, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community


This Week at the Latah Recovery Community Center

New groups at the Latah Recovery Community Center:
1. We’re starting writing classes on Thursdays! https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/05/06/write-for-you-thursday-evening-writing-classes-start-soon/
2. Veterans Coffee and Bitch Session is now meeting on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at the American Legion Cabin on Howard St.
3. There will now be an AA Big Book Study Tuesdays, 11am.

Since opening we have had 26347 client contacts. People have attended one of our groups or classes 22000 times! We’ve had over 2000 free recovery coaching sessions.

The full calendar can be found here:

Write for You: Thursday Evening Writing Classes Start Soon!

by Nancy Casey

Two new classes related to writing and speaking will be starting in the month of May at the Latah Recovery Community Center. Like all classes and activities at the LRCC, they are free and open to anyone. If you have been curious about the Center, attending a free class is a good way to learn a bit more about what happens at the Center and how you can contribute.

Write For You

  • 5:00-6:30 PM, every Thursday starting May 16.
  • Anyone can drop into this class on any Thursday.
  • “Writing” means different things to different people. One goal of the class is for everyone to learn how writing can be useful and fun for themselves personally. We will experiment with lots of different kinds of writing. So you can decide what you think.
  • The focus of the class will be on writing one page at a time. One page, and then you are done. (Until you write another!)
  • To write these pages, we will follow exercises like the ones in the LRCC’s weekly Write For You writing prompts.
  • There will be homework. It’s optional. (Some people want to write more than others.)

Stand Up!

  • 6:30-8:00 PM, 3rd and 4th Thursdays of the month, starting May 23.
  • This is a closed group. You must attend at least one Write For You class and get permission to attend.
  • We will practice different techniques for talking in front of an audience.
  • For some people this is easy and for other it is the worst thing in the world. We can all help and encourage each other.
  • We will also practice techniques for being a good audience.
  • This class will also help you speak up in any situation where you are anxious.

Writing Certificates

  • If you jump through certain hoops, you can earn a Writing Certificate.
  • One of those hoops is to attend 12 Write For You classes. To learn more, come to class or contact Nancy.

The Default Page

  • One of the things we will cover in the first Write For You class is the Default Page. That’s the page that you can always write, no matter what.
  • Sometimes you feel stuck or frozen. You are willing to write, but for some reason can’t. You might even know what you want to write about and still can’t get started. That’s when you write the Default Page.
  • To write the Default Page, describe what’s in front of you, whatever it is, no matter how boring it is, even if you sat in the same chair and wrote the Default Page yesterday.
  • For the Default Page, write down what you see or smell or hear. Comment on it, or not. There is always something in front of you, write down what it is. Sooner or later you will have written a page. Then you are done.
  • Today in your writing, write a Default Page. Doodle on it, too. Give it a title and write the date on it.

You can share what you have written by posting it as a comment below. To do that, you can type in your work. Or post a picture of it.

Nancy Casey has lived in Latah County for many years. You can find more of her work here. She offers (free!) writing help to anyone in recovery. This can be for any kind of writing project—resumes, letters, stories, novels, homework, etc. Her Thursday writing classes at the Recovery Center will start May 16 at 5:00 PM. To sign up or get more information, contact Nancy or the Latah Recovery Community Center.

National Mental Health Month at the LRCC

May is National Mental Health Month. Check out the special offerings on our calendar below. Hope to see you at the LRCC!

Have you heard about our planned expansion? We are adding crisis services, and have expanded into the adjacent building space to make it happen. Construction beginning soon!

The latest writing prompt from Write for You: https://latahrecoverycenter.org/2019/04/29/write-for-you-contradictory-creatures/