June 29

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 29: “Reverence, humility, contentment, gratitude and hearing the good Dhamma, this is the best good luck.” — Gautama Buddha

I don’t know about “luck” but I do know these are the ingredients that make for the very best life. I cannot imagine being without any of them.

I love the life I get to live. Every day there are miracles of connection and love and joy that keep me in the moment and my feet on the path I am blessed to get to walk. There are always things I can live inside that will bring me down and make me unhappy, but I have learned to focus my sights on the miraculous and wonderful life that unfolds for me every day.

None of us has any different kind of life. There are losses and gains, pain and pleasure, sadness and joy. We have love and want more or have money and want more. It is all irrelevant to my joy or love of life. I am in love with life because these dynamics create a beautiful tapestry of flow and constant change for me to embrace.

The more I embrace what comes into my life and learn to accept everything just the way it is, the happier I am and the more humility I can live inside. There is nothing that I know about this day in front of me today. There is nothing that is going to happen that is predictable or under my control.

That is interesting, because I cannot imagine how I became that woman who can even begin to get out of bed in the morning without stark, raging fear and the Screaming Purple Monkeys going off all day long.

I love that contentment is on this list. We often discount contentment, because we are so grandiose that we demand complete fulfillment and earth-shaking joy be ours. But contentment reminds me of a kitten who has just finished some cream and is licking her paw and washing her face and purring. That is a wonderful visual for me. And I feel like that almost all the time.

Wow! Those Promises in the BB don’t even talk about that kind of happiness. Contentment…and this from a woman who suffers from that horrible condition spoken about…chronic malcontent!  Blessed, indeed!

And don’t even get me started on Gratitude…I am in love, love, love with that practice. It must be a true practice to be called gratitude. It takes action and dedicated effort to maintain that. It is not a passing idea or sentence we mutter in a meeting. It is a condition of the soul that requires devotion to a practice. And that is the most beautiful thing I have received here. The ability to be in love with my life, with myself, and with that Power.

From that, I am, as the Buddha states…receiving “the best good luck.”

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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