June 9

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 9: “Some of you need a lesson in humility. While your arrogance may give you a sense of power, it may serve you better to put it aside. Those are the times you will be the light of the world.” ― J ‘son M. Lee

I get a sense of humility every morning when I write a gratitude list. What happens there is that I get to  remember who I am and what is going on and that I did very little to create my life as it is today. I get to be humbled by Nature, by the world around me, by people who are brave and courageous and resilient, by the beauty I see all around.

I am grateful for purple, and I know I cannot, in any part of my ego, take credit for purple. Hahaha! And, believe me, I can try. If I have this lens in my life and I teach it to others, perhaps that is where I get to be a light…maybe not of the world, but in the world. My world, too, can be very humbling, because it is small.

While the world arounds me struggles with its immensity and density, I crave, more and more, a great deal less of that world and its busyness. I am happiest with quiet and simple things.

The most exciting thing in the world to me today is that I am moving to a place where there are about 1/8 of the population of my current home city. And lots more ocean and trees and creatures that are wild. Best of all, I can get a dog again, and that is so exciting.

Some may want a new Ferrari, I want a dog. Some may want a high-power job and a huge house on the hill, with lots of sparkly and shiny. I want a little cottage with a garden and the dog. Maybe a cat as well. It is not written yet.

My new home will have a writing corner where I do what I do here, but I will mostly be outside, in the trees and the garden and the oceans. I am grateful and happy and at peace. Oddly, I only plan to leave this home to go to meetings and prisons. Hahaha…a funny life, but I love it!

We ALL need this lesson in humility. In being more and more capable of walking away from the ego-driven desire for money, property and prestige. It is a killer! I don’t meet many people who are happy doing those things. I sure do meet a lot of people who are happy not doing those things.

This, too, has kept me in line for the last few years. I am not always crazy about what is going on in my life, but I am always grateful when I remember what to focus my magnifying mind on.

Life is good, and I am so grateful to be able to return my focus, again and again, on how well it plays out when I stay out of it. Yep!

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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