June 24

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 24: “The performance of an action is worthless in itself if it is not done out of charity. Charity must be our motive; then everything we do, however little and insignificant, bears a rich harvest. After all, what God takes into account is not so much the thing we do, as the love that went to the doing of it.” ― Thomas à Kempis

This is SO appropriate for me this morning. I am having an opportunity to watch someone doing something that has happened before, but this is on another level. I get to stay quiet and let that person take the credit for something I did. There is a part this person took in the situation, but it was something I conceived of and was the primary contributor to, but an interesting way this person unfolded it all.

I get to process the feelings of being hurt that they stepped on my moment and that they are fully taking all credit for it happening at all. Then I get to understand that this person operates out of a tremendous amount of ego most of the time. And I don’t need to take the credit or the spotlight. It isn’t about that, anyway. It is all about doing something kind for another person who needs something I am able to provide.

Not including me at all was the thing that, I think, hurt my feelings. But, after I write this today, I will let that person take all the credit for making it happen. Okay. So, it ain’t about me. I am not here to take a bow. And I know that the Power to whom I hold myself accountable understands the bigger picture. I am not that important in the scheme of things. The truth is the truth, no matter how it gets interpreted in any situation.

And that message has been coming in bucket loads to me these past few weeks. I am actively in the process of stepping away from a number of things and people right now. It is the shift I need to make in order to move to the new life that is opening up for me. And there are some interesting ways this gets to happen.

I must remember that my motives are the most important thing for me to check in all situations. If I am doing something to get approval or applause, I am not supposed to be doing it. The teachers are many, and I will thank them all. Today was such a great example of how I can get riled up over anyone stealing what I think is MY thunder. It does not matter. I know, and the Power knows who is truly doing the work and who is taking the credit. That is enough.

What a great thing this is! In a few short hours I went from those feelings of being left out of a situation I wanted to take a bow for, to understanding that I need take no bows anyway. Today is going to be a good day, and it is still very early in the morning…I am going to keep it going. See ya!

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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