June 5

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 5: “Love the life you have been given. And be humbled by it. It is not to be despised.” ― G. Willow Wilson

Life is a lesson…all of it…every moment. Each thing that occurs is preceded by those things that give it value and import. We are here to pay attention and love it and participate.

When we were loaded or drunk, we could not participate. I happen to be quite fond of drugs that made me hyper-intensive. That just means I was racing too fast in my head to pay attention to anything. I missed so much of my life.

We also focus all of our time and attention on ego-driven life choices that do not serve us in any way. We are not doing life when we are too busy working, doing, running around, going here and there…ad infinitum.

Life is in those moments when we just stop and say “WOW!” When we feel the connection from our heart to that of the rest of the Universe.

There are times when the enormity of life takes my breath away. Most of us have had those. A late-night drive in the desert, overwhelmed by the beauty of the stars we most often can no longer see. Those moments with children and their ability to be in the NOW when we have forgotten what that means. It is so important that we stop the crazy that goes on in our minds and be humbled and awed by the magnificence and grace of this day, this hour, this moment. It may be an important piece we will carry in our hearts forever.

We wish away so much of life, waiting for the next thing…and then the next…and then the next. We run from one thing to another, with little presence of mind for how we travel, where we are, what is happening around us. Since it is all a Divine plan, perhaps the most important piece is the moment of NOW…and NOW…and NOW!

We miss so much of this amazing life. Pay attention! Say thank you for the birds and the flowers and the trees and the sky and the mountains and the oceans and the lakes and the weather. None of it is our doing…and that humbles the crap out of 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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