February 6

HOPE MONTH: DAY 6: “Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” ― Mandy Hale

My experience tells me that if I am not happy with what the Universe has given me today, I will never be happy with what it brings. This may well be my last moment of life. I must appreciate, love, cherish and enjoy it, because no one is guaranteed more than this moment, and this one, and this one.

Actually, after many years of deep gratitude practice, I find that I have hope for life to always be THIS good. Seldom do I want it to be ever better, as I once did.

There are always goals to achieve, as long as I am alive, I will strive to become an ever-better person, doing more than I did the day before for whatever purposes (hopefully, not all self-centered) I may find; but I am well-satisfied and grateful for what IS right here, right now. This is amazing!

So, I am inclined, as stated in this quote, to dance, smile, giggle, marvel, trust, hope, love, wish and believe. I am busy enjoying each moment, even when I am not completely thrilled that I am not feeling well or not getting my way. This may be the state of my existence right now, but I really want to be mindful to not DEMAND things from the Universe. It all serves a beautiful purpose.

This, I believe, is the state of acceptance and hope that I strive to achieve. Not every moment, but most of the time. Since I can take no credit, except getting out of bed for this stuff, it is all a gift of miraculous and divine intervention.

There is nothing that I need today, the needs of my body, mind and spirit are amply provided. I have some work to do and some beautiful weather to spend outdoors. My health is adequate for these things, and I can do them.

My wants may drive me to distraction if I let them, but I have shifted to my focus to how rich I feel, how blessed I am, and what is adequate and abundant in my spirit, if not in the bank. I love this life, I cannot ever say that enough. I have been altered and blessed and created anew. This is great stuff. I hope you get some too!

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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