August 1

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 1: “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” ― Aristotle

I am coming to the computer to write today very late. I was out of town this morning and all day. I cannot miss this day, however, because this is my birth month, the sign of Leo (lion) and the month of Courage. I find that to be especially cool, because lions are supposed to symbolize power and courage. I think that is why the Cowardly Lion in Wizard of Oz was especially symbolic.

What we all learned from him was that his huge heart made him courageous when he did not believe he could be. His love for Dorothy was the thing that made him act out on behalf of something bigger than his fear.

This is what we are called to do when we are beginning to work Step 8. Act out of the belief that there IS something greater than your fear. What you believe you can never do will be the hurdle of your life as long as you believe it. I find that I am not willing to let my fear keep me in the tiny cage I was trapped in for so long.

My addiction is not only to drugs and alcohol, but in the listening to the crazy that is my mind and believing that all the lies it tells me are true. THAT addiction will kill me for sure. And while I am alive, it will hold me hostage and destroy me, if I let it and if I stay addicted to believing it.

All of these principles go together. I cannot have courage without Acceptance and Honesty and Patience. I do not know which one I could remove and live without. Today, I don’t have to even think about it. It has been a long time since I even considered NOT living by these principles in all my affairs. I am SO grateful for this principle. I have had to act with enormous courage since I came here. And I have to say what I always say about courage; that the most courageous act any human being can ever commit to is getting out of bed in the morning.

Today I got out of bed and drove all day to come back to my home. I love my new home. I am so happy here and it was a long trip coming back. I have to do that a lot in the next few days, and I will be happy to come home every time. That is a nice thing. I have not felt that in a long time. I am blessed, and I am courageous. This is such a wonderful life!

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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