August 11

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 11: “Courage is the hallmark of spirituality. Courage comes when you love yourself for who you are.” ― Amit Ray

Yes! I do! And, if I am totally honest, I love the part where my life is AMAZING because I don’t spend too many of my minutes regretting what others may think or say about it.

That old chestnut; “The best revenge is living well” is my motto. I am sorry if you don’t approve of me or how I do this recovery thing, or the way I live, or how I navigate the spiritual principles of my life. Or if you think I move too often or too far away, or I am selfish…it doesn’t matter what you think of me. I am so happy to be able to LIVE this creed.

I am spiritually in love with what happens in my life, almost every day. And the peace and joy I have in my life. I want to always be in the middle of being ME. Not working to be YOU or YOU or anyone else! It is amazing that I can fall down and keep getting up and succeed and fail and not be ashamed of the things I have done, because I have this amazing program to clean up those messes.

Even though, now that I wrote that last sentence, I am convinced that there are no messes, because all I have ever done, all I have ever said, all I have ever been or tried to be has succeeded fully.

How do I know that? Because I truly, and I do mean TRULY believe that “there are NO mistakes in God’s world.”

So, even though I have these steps to teach me how to clean up what I have done that I am not so proud of in relationship with other people, I would NOT change one single minute of my life. I would not go back and redo anything! It is all perfect! And those who have regrets are going to be in that space for an eternity, because we have these tools and they remain the best part of my life. Because I have applied them fully and thoroughly and get to have this amazing freedom from my past and from my damned mind!

Yay! I release all judgments today…mine, yours and everyone’s. That gives me the courage to DARE to love me more than anyone and that gives me the courage to DARE to love my life and the people and the situations in it. FULL acceptance and the courage to keep doing it, just like that.

What a great gift! I have NO regrets, no recriminations for you or me or anyone else. It ain’t my business how you do this. Or if you do this. Let me be me and get on with being YOU. It is a wonderful day to be alive…and I have the courage to go out and DO IT! Woohoo!

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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