February 22

HOPE MONTH: DAY 22: “The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn’t the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.” ― John Lennon

Most of us know what we want in life, Peace, Love, Happiness and a sense of well-being. That is all possible, with or without the stories we tell about it.

It does not require money, I have learned that in these last few years. It does not require a partner, I have also learned that. It does not require the things our social construct tells us are necessary ingredients for a happy life.

It IS an inside job. Always has been, always will be. We fail to see that those things are being sold to us by people who profit from us buying (literally!) into their sales pitch.

I love this quote, because we saw what could happen. We did make some progress. For me, it is just now beginning to manifest in some very interesting ways. Not what we expected in the 1960s or since. But I see significant change in areas that were deeply addressed during that time. The conversations are ongoing, but the shift is happening.

We are spiritual in nature. What we think about happiness is someone else’s construct. It is not in our nature to believe that physical objects can satisfy our thirsty and hungry spirit. They cannot. Love or anything else that is happening outside our personal bodies is not going to provide lasting happiness or peace.

There is no world peace until there is personal peace. There is no brotherhood until there is self-hood. This is not the kind of self-centered, ego-based self I speak about. It is the self-hood of happiness and integrity, honor and trust. When I can be that in and for ME, I can bring it to you.

When we are all in that state, we are present and available for the brotherhood to exist. Wanting to get it from you is a form of theft that doesn’t work.

Love, on a Universal scale exists. We are made in and from that. There is nothing else. The energy that drives all of life and everything it is made from, is created in and by Love. We cannot do anything to add to it or increase or decrease it. We can only block it from ourselves with Fear.

They cannot co-exist. We are either living in fear or love. When we live in love, we can bring it to the world and allow it to heal those things that are being created in fear. That is how this works. None of us is here to heal the world, but we are here to heal our own souls and to allow others the same journey. And I, for one, have hope, because it has happened to and for me.

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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