February 1

HOPE MONTH: DAY 1: “So don’t be frightened, dear friend, if a sadness confronts you larger than any you have ever known, casting its shadow over all you do. You must think that something is happening within you and remember that life has not forgotten you; it holds you in its hand and will not let you fall. Why would you want to exclude from your life any uneasiness, any pain, any depression, since you don’t know what work they are accomplishing within you?” ― Rainer Maria Rilke

If someone had read this to me in my first 30 days of recovery, I would have laid down on the floor and melted. Even now, at this ripe old age I am, it melts all the pain and sadness away from my heart and opens me up to anything and everything.

Hope is such a beautiful, wonderful and loving thing to carry within us. Your hope for me was the glue that put me back together when I was so broken and came crawling into this thing.

It is still the elixir that keeps me going through times when my fear and sadness overwhelm me. In the early days, this was much greater than today. But, we are all human and sometimes feel that life is directing its loaded cannons at US.

Never true, but hope is the most important thing I ever have for anyone. I always tell my clients and sponsees that I come into every room with pockets full of hope: hope that they, too, can change if they are willing to do this work, hope that their lives are on a path that is not in their control, hope that no matter where they have driven the car that is their lives-it can be towed out of that hole by a wonderful, loving and beneficent Power.

How do I know that? Because it is my story. It is your story. It is the story of those thousands of people, all over the world, who have applied these principles in their lives and benefitted greatly by the process. Whether we stay for 5 minutes or 500 years, it is still the same thing that keeps us here…hope…it is all we need to begin the journey. The footwork, however, is the way we guarantee these magnificent results.

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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