December 8

LOVE MONTH: DAY 8: “By love I mean a noble and sensuous passion, absorbing the energies of the soul, fulfilling destiny, and reducing all that has gone before it to the level of a mere prelude.” — Arnold Bennett

I have never met Mr. Bennett, but I think I would like to. His description is wonderful! And I feel this way about life! Every day is a wonderful thing, waiting to be opened and explored and enjoyed fully. I know that I have not always lived like this, but I have for the last 20 years or more. Even my first 10-12 years of recovery were sometimes a dragging-my-feet kind of walk through life.

Although I love the kind of love most of us equate with this passage, I am also happy to say that without a partner or mate to love, I can feel this kind of love for the day-to-day experiences of my life. Sometimes, we get to see things in high relief, based on what is going on in the world around us. That is certainly my experience right now.

A friend said to me that he thought this was a terrible time of year for these fires. Of course, there is no GOOD time of year for this devastation, but it certainly IS a great time of year. I hope we all get to be a bit kinder and fuller of love and fellowship and the true meaning of life because of this. Most of us will be.

There is nothing in Walmart or on Amazon that can replace the feelings of being under the kind of stress this has created for so many. The world has stopped, much like it did for thousands of us in 2001. We can all remember what happened and how that period afterwards changed our thinking.

And any time there is a life lesson such as these, we get to reevaluate our love and really put it into focus. That is a wonderful thing to happen during the holidays. What better experience of gratitude and kindness is there than to acknowledge that the shit we do every day is really very insignificant?

That maybe a new car is NOT the priority it seemed to be last week? That maybe it is more important to take a moment to listen to a story?

To embrace the fact that we can breathe and walk and talk and love? What we value and focus on needs to be re-adjusted all the time. That is the process of a spiritual awakening. Especially in a commercial and capitalistic world such as ours. Yes, losing everything is devastating.

However, we still have breath and life and love. Those are riches that cannot be bought at any price. Let’s take them out and all play with those today. Let them absorb the energies of our soul, fulfill our destiny and reduce all that has gone before to the level of mere prelude… oh yeah, that is great shit!

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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