March 31

FAITH MONTH: DAY 31: “I was taught to strive not because there were any guarantees of success but because the act of striving is in itself the only way to keep faith with life.” ― Madeleine K. Albright

We work with faith and to earn our daily bread, knowing it will come as a result of doing what is in front of us. God is NOT going to put our dinner through the keyhole if we stay in bed all day, waiting for life to come and get us.

In the act of working toward those things we want in life, we are showing up for Divine Intervention. I believe that Divine Intervention is the thing that happens when I am riding in a car to go be of service on a prison panel; (Come ON!  You know this is my favorite thing to do anyway…service? I guess, I friggin’ LOVE it!), and someone tells me they need a person to take over a job at a men’s recovery home he is on the Board for. HAHAHA! I love that! And it is a true story.

I shared this with someone last night who is letting their fear get the best of them. Yes, there is a lot going on with this guy. But he is frozen in BUSY and not doing what needs to be done in his life to keep his greatest gift…his freedom from addiction! Yes, it is great to get out of prison, but the key to this whole thing is to maintain a spiritual condition that requires the deep work and living with these principles.

We get a story about a whole other aspect of life and believe this BUSY-NESS is our primary purpose, you know, jobs, kids, home, school, etc., etc. We all get that. But we MUST maintain the spiritual condition that makes drugs and alcohol secondary to everything else.

If they come first, we are doomed. All of us. Being busy in service and working these steps is the key to the rest of it being handled by that Power in Step 3. That incredible Power that is so much greater than us, it knows how to continuously provide Divine Intervention over and over again! I must say here that the greatest jobs of my life in these 32 years came from a meeting. Someone knew what I needed and came to me with another Divine Intervention. That is how the whole thing works!

Homes, cars, jobs, all of it! I have had SO many Divine Interventions that I just do what is in front of me and wait for the miracles. Putting on my prettiest shoes and going to a panel. Doing the footwork to get funding that is going to change my life. Working through trauma and grief and resistance and working with other addicts. Showing up…it is all in the showing up.

I worked for a really long time to obtain the degrees that made only two things possible. I have the necessary credentials to write; AND I have the necessary credentials for that great job I still have, 5 years later. (1 hour a week…it is the BEST!)

We cannot foresee where life is going…only that Power can. It is best that we stop making choices other than the decision to let THAT Power run the show. So much more qualified and capable. So much more creative and wonderful and perfect. We just get off our dead asses and move in the directions that are going to open the most important door we get…our hearts! And the brain that is full of fear and stories. Leave THAT sucker at home in bed. And get on with life!

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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