February 18

HOPE MONTH: DAY 18: “My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.” ― Jim Henson

This came true. I cannot imagine what the world would be like without the Muppets and the kinds of animated characters he created with puppets. It changed so much for so many children (and adults-big fan!)

When we remember creative genius, we can see how just one person’s dream can shift the world for large groups of people. One book, one movie, one moment, one idea.

We are all gifted people. It is my personal belief that addicts are some of the most intelligent and gifted people on the planet. I certainly have met quite a few. Their brilliance is marred only by their inability to function in the world around them or to maintain honest relationships with that same world.

I have never met a person who did not wish to leave this world better off than they found it. The trouble usually occurs when we think we have the fix on what that means. The ego can be a powerful foe to the best for others. We think we have that figured out.

I am often reminded, (thank God), that I do not even know what is best for me, most of the time. I am not tuned in all that well.

So, it is best, to hope for what we would like to see happen, do the footwork, and leave the results in the hand of the Creator who makes it all happen (or not), according to the Universal Plan. That is my best path. Always has been, but I had to get here to remember.

Today I remember, that all the things I do have an impact. I seldom know where or on whom, but the impact is there. I can only walk in as much truth and light as I am capable of doing in each moment and act with as much love as I can. Anything that comes from that is the work of that Power, not me. I am only here for the footwork.

One of my favorite Hensen creatures is actually very little known. He appears in my favorite movie, a collaboration with George Lucas. It is the character Ludo, who is kind of a lovely Wookie guy, who talks. I love his sweet nature and his gentle-giant persona. I am grateful, whenever I watch that movie, for the genius of creativity that made it happen and that I get to watch it whenever I want. Life is good with that kind of gratitude. I hope you have 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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