July 4

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 4: “The right path in life will always come with patience. It’s when we reach an understanding that everything happens in God’s time that we walk the right path.” ― Ron Baratono

The last year of my life has been a practice of continuous patience. Things begin to shift in my favor, and I want to drive the train again. Whether I am experiencing things I consider beneficial or not so great, I am inclined to want to control and enjoy them.

It ain’t just the drugs and booze I am addicted to. It is all about control. We are all like this. Exerting enormous amounts of will or even when we are completely disinterested in life. We are still exerting some form of control. Believing we can run the world OR escape from it in every sense. All control.

The best we can hope for is to be in acceptance of life. Then we can exert some effort on doing what is in front of us to make whatever changes we can in ourselves. In the quality of time we spend in life.

I may know that I want to live in a new home. I knew that for 5 years. The possibility opened up for me about 9 months ago. I did not know the form it would take.

For all those months, I did what I knew would allow me to have that experience. At first, I focused on the homes in my immediate area. Then I began to look around at other places where I had friends or loved the place itself. This opened doors to me I had not even considered. What a great time it has been! And the work I exerted was mostly wasted, although the process was all absolutely necessary.

I have never had to spend so much time in finding the place where I would live next. It usually happens pretty quickly. And then it did!

And the outcomes are better than I could have imagined. I am so happy with what is being unfolded in my life today.

My heart always knows when things are right. I expect that guidance. Things fall into place and the doors open and I am on the path to where I am supposed to be next. Okay. Some glitches and lots of footwork in front of me, but all is right. And I feel that.

What a great life opens up when I ask the Universe to guide me and give me what is next on this day. Just this day, I am doing things I did not know would be part of my journey, but I know they are right and good. This is a lovely way to live. I get what I need just when I need it. I like to plan ahead, but that is not always possible. My goal today is to sit well with whatever surprises come up. That, too, can be fun!

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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