June 1

 

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 1: “The Universe was not created to make humans comfortable.” ― Webster Kitchell

BAM! Right between the eyes; right? I love this quote. It makes me so happy and filled. And I laughed and laughed, each time I read it.

Because we are never comfortable…that is a certainty and should be a spiritual rule to guide us. When we are comfortable, we get complacent. They are the same thing. A sense of comfort is certainly when I am not moving, or I believe life is at rest. This can NEVER be the case.

All of it is moving ALL the time. And I should remain in constant and perpetual awe of this process. It is inconceivable to me, therefore unknowable to me, therefore a constant state of learning and appreciation and wonder and awe.

Isn’t that beautiful? I think so! It inspires the hell outta me, all the time. This season, I am growing some new flowers (to me) and they surprise me every single day, all day long, with their spontaneous bursts of color. I LOVE THAT! I have been so inspired by them.

Why? Because I am pretty savvy about the other kinds of vegetables, fruits, and flowers growing in my garden. I know what to expect and they do it in predictable times. Always a wonder, but not as much as these new flowers. SO…I am newly in awe of Nature and her beauty and her surprising ability to rebloom, over and over…amazing, isn’t it?

Nature inspires me no end. When I go to the beach and look for seaglass, I am inspired. When I am driving somewhere and see animals I am not used to seeing, I am inspired. The other day, my friend and I were going to a prison on a panel and stopped for a road crew working. Perfect! We got to see a deer cross the road, while everyone else was cussing the stop. And then, on the way back, a covey of quail…beautiful! And that is only because I never expect to be anything other than surprised by life. It is never predictable or boring or the same.

Now, I will tell you that this is twice in a month that I have been surprised by deer and quail. I am not sure what the message is, all I know is that I get rewarded for paying attention. And being willing to be humbled, again and again, with what I cannot create, no matter how uncomfortable I might be otherwise.

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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