August 5

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 5: “It’s the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.” ― Xiaolu Guo

This may be one of my favorites this month. Of course, at the beginning of the month, they all are. I am quite challenged to find my quote each morning during the first 10 days or so of this writing. Because I am using all new quotes each month, they are all good ones to me.

But, I immediately think of a time in my life when I met people every day…all of them new to me…and all of them expressed interest and curiosity about me and regret that they were never brave enough to do what I was doing.

That was when I was hitchhiking around the world. I spent a lot of time hearing the same story(s) from so many of the people I met. That they wished they had done what I was doing when they were young enough to do it! Oh!

And, I must say, for the lack of any reason to stop, it kept me motivated to keep traveling and to keep discovering the world through the eyes of the people I traveled with. I had no set destination or agenda. I just went. It was great, for the most part. And I met some people who truly changed my life. And some of them were big players on the screen of my personal movie.

I have taken a lot of risks since that time. Usually around moving to a new place and “starting over,” whatever that means. I just love moving to new communities and learning the new places. I meet lovely people and form new friendships. I truly love it. I never tire of meeting new people and hearing their stories. What a fascinating world this is!

One of my new neighbors is an interesting woman. And she recently told me about her mother in law and her husbands’ family. Wow! What a great story! This woman and her husband were expatriates in Shanghai at the onset of the war between Japan and China and interred in separate POW camps and met through the fence between the two camps. What a tremendous love story! And the pictures and mementos of this life…wow!

I am thrilled when people tell me these stories. And I would never want to miss this interesting exchange. Everywhere I go, I meet the most wonderful people and get to hear their amazing stories. I love that! And, I have never, ever, ever turned down the opportunity to sing or dance or love or anything! I am always game for the next wonderful adventure! Let’s go!

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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