June 18

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 18: “We travel through darkness to illuminate it, so we can move past the shadows that we so fervently protect. Our pain makes us human and means we are real; it makes us aware of our own fragility and the subtlety of our inner being. Let the pain guide you and propel you forward rather than hold you back in an illusory grip. You are the shape of all your pain, all your challenges, and all your victories.” ― Christine Evangelou

How we navigate pain and uncertainty, loss and disappointment become the indicators of our spiritual development. If Acceptance is the ideal, it is because Humility is its marker.

Every wonderful moment of my life today is a direct result of the times that have been so tough. I am personally coming out of a very difficult time to navigate; a time when I felt abandoned and alone and completely uncertain how to move forward. I was not sure I could or ever would.

This is how I felt…not necessarily how it was. I believed certain things about life that certainly needed to be shattered and broken open for inspection. I have SO much respect for the Universal Power that takes that wrecking ball to my little glass house from time to time and breaks it to smithereens.

Otherwise, I would not be where I am now…with amazing things unfolding in my life that could not have been imagined only a short time before.

That time of darkness was strongly highlighted with miraculous moments. They stood out for me in stark relief because I felt so utterly lost.

I am grateful for the losses, for the sadness, for the lost-ness; for without it, I would have no frame of reference for the joy and the love.

Life is absolutely incredible and miraculous. I have tremendous joy today, because I have tremendous sadness. There is a balance point, and I am it! This quote reminds me that the only reason I came through the darkness is to illuminate it. I can share that time and know that it is there. I can do it again, because I have done it before. I may not have to, but I can. This is a wonderful way to see this world. I am grateful for learning, all of the learning. Even when I don’t think I really need the lesson.

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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