October 3

DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 3: “A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.” ― Jacqueline Bisset

I have always been impressed by those who are stellar athletes or those who work out every day.

While this behavior can border on obsession, so does a lazy lifestyle that embraces no aspect of physical and/or mental health wellness and self-care.

There is a balance, a beautiful place, where self-care, confidence and self-worth meet. I believe it is in the spiritual realm of life. We honor ourselves because we are created by that Power who loves us enough to restore us to sanity and a beautiful way of life.

I find integrity and honor to be very attractive, as are the components of someone who is healthy in spiritual, physical and emotional ways.

We all get sick, and God knows we all have mental health issues…I am certainly on board THAT train! But what we do with that is an important part of living well in recovery.

No one wants to hear whining and self-pity. Especially when we are sick or injured due to our own lack of self-care.

While we may age badly because of old bad behaviors, I believe that physical wellness is as much a part of recovery as is spiritual wellness. If we don’t have one, it is not possible to have the other. We are here to honor the Power whose grace has been such a huge part of the journey.

My emotional wellbeing is contingent upon the rest of my life being maintained in good balance. There is no peace of mind if I am not caring for myself well in other areas. This has become more and more prevalent for me as the years go on. Being grateful for my recovery only walks on the road if I am being mindful of how I treat myself.

I have found that spiritual principles help guide me in ALL areas of my life; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. That is a beautiful thing.

And the most attractive people are those who are honest, kind, generous, humble, etc. We know these principles. The challenge is always going to be to honor and walk with them in all areas of our lives.

Step 10 is the first of what are frequently called “the maintenance steps.” I believe that this form of discipline gives me incentive to practice physical discipline and emotional discipline as well. If I am being mindful and dedicated in one area, it seems to roll over into others. I really like that!

And the more I do it, the better I feel. It is not about looking good, it is all about living good. And that is what I come around here for!

Published by: Kelly

I am a therapist and counselor with long-term recovery from addictions and personal trauma. My writing reflects these experiences and the road I have traveled in 12-Step recovery settings, along with the work I have done for over 30 years in the field. My love of dolphins includes the stories of them being healers in places all over the world. I long to offer every broken spirit and body the experience of a healing hug. May my words and stories inform, uplift and delight your spirit and soothe your weary heart.

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