February 24

HOPE MONTH: DAY 24: “Hope is a flame we nurture within our hearts. It may be sparked by someone else – by the encouraging words of a friend, relative or mentor. But it must be fanned and kept burning through our own determination to continue to believe in the limitless dignity of both ourselves and others.” – Daisaku Ikeya

I am a cheerleader. I love to cheer others on to victory. I want to always be that. I believe in so many things. And I believe in our ability to heal and soar to places we have never gone before.

I love that I get to work with some of the most hopeless people in the world. The throw-away people of our culture. The insane, the criminals, the degenerates, the most broken. These are my tribe, my people, my soul-family.

And I love that I always know they can do and be whatever they want. I must curb my enthusiasm for their journey at times, because I get totally carried away with it. I have healed so many broken places in my life that I want this for everyone.

Not everyone is going to do this. But everyone who meets me will know that I wish them well. That I wish the highest and best for them that the Universal Power can create. More than any of us can imagine, I have seen this happen.

I will give all the hope in the world, all my best cheerleading, and all the resources I know of to anyone I meet. However, it is at that point that they must pick up the tools and go to work.

We cannot achieve anything because someone believes we can. We can only achieve anything when we do those things necessary for it to occur.

A friend of mine says it is great to turn your life and your will over to the care of that Power; but if you are hungry, it won’t push a hot dog under your door. You gotta go out and work for it.

The same thing here. Healing and recovery are possible. We have all seen it happen for those who work with this stuff. However, my hope for your recovery and healing is not enough. YOUR participation must push that hot dog under the door.

And that is where our limitless dignity comes in. It is not dignified for others to do your work or to push the hotdog for you. It must be your hotdog to become your dignity. Or it must be your dignity that becomes your hotdog. Peace!

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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