June 16

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 16: “True humility emerges from a sense of wonder and awe. It’s an appreciation that our time on earth is limited but that there’s something timeless at the core of every being. Embracing humility liberates us from the egotism that drives both perfectionism and self-sabotage, opening us to a deeper experience of self-worth.” ― Michael J Gelb

When we are self-centered, our focus is only on US! When we begin to have a spiritual experience, we look around at the miracles of humanity and Nature and the Universal Power behind it all.

We can see that Power in the vastness and incredible power of the oceans, or the immense majesty of the mountains. Or the miraculousness of a tiny lady bug. There is not enough time for us to continue to live in our tiny little world of ME.

It is the destruction of the Universe we know that self-centered humans are running around, tearing everything up in their quest to satisfy a never-happy sense of entitlement and emptiness. And the more you fee the ego-driven mania, the more it wants. This is addiction, and in my view, the terrible, crippling dis-ease of the planet’s inhabitants today. Not all of us, but the majority. Enough to have destroyed the amazing Garden of Eden we read about in Sunday School.

When we recognize how incredibly heart-breaking it is to believe ourselves to have mastery over ANY of this, we will stop doing and being those monsters. This goes so far beyond the ideas of not drinking and using that it is painful that people believe this is all we need to recover.

Humility is my humanity and I must live in harmony with all that is created by the Magnificent Creator, whomever or whatever I believe that to be. For me, I love the Universal Power concept. The term God is too fraught with ugly associations in my culture. I want something much greater than the thing that people fight about and over.

I am pretty self-contained with this. I don’t experience a great deal of self-centeredness any more. I seldom am not doing things that are focused on others, but I do have a great sense of my own responsibility and determination to live in accordance with the guidance I receive. I understand the nature of my limitations and my gifts. I am in love with the life I get to live almost every day. There is pain, both physical and psychic, that I get to experience. Along with the joys and love I get to feel and share with those I encounter.

I do not often practice forms of self-sabotage or perfectionism. I am pretty balanced at this point in life, and love the idea that humility is just me experiencing and expressing my imperfect and totally open self in ways that may benefit another human. This is all I hope to achieve here. I hope there are a few days left, but I am okay with what has gone on so far.

This is a great life…the simpler, the better, the small, the better. For the most part, the grandiosity and the drama are not in my heart or world today. I love being present to the joy of this moment, right here, right now. That is all…

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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