August 28

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 28: “Courage is like love, it must have hope for nourishment.” ― Napoléon Bonaparte

This quote surprised me when I read it. I don’t think I ever heard it before, because it does not resonate with my  idea of who Napoleon was.

I like the quote though, because I agree with it totally. We all need hope. It is the thing that makes all recovery possible.

A few years back, I was involved in a workshop for writers, and it was a publishing gig. I got the opportunity to present to a publishing company the ideas that have been living with me for many years. I had several really good book plans, along with titles that I wanted to use.

One of the books I hope to write someday is about redemption for those of us who were throw-aways by the society in which we live.

We are addicts, criminals, veterans, misfits, mal-adjusted, broken, spiritless, murderers, thieves, and useless by many peoples’ standards. We have been tried, convicted, and sentenced to lives that are useless and unworthy of recognition of any kind.

However, we all have the power (with the Power) to redeem ourselves and become useful and productive members of a culture that has thrown us away time after time. It is true, and we are all aware of that possibility.

This is also the case for the hopelessly mentally ill and troubled people that have been discarded over the centuries as well. I am pretty sure I would have been burned at the stake several times by now for being who I am in this world, so I am not exempt from this either. I have been all of those things I listed above.

And yet, we have all seen miraculous stories unfold from those who have been allowed this open invitation to redemption and healing. I have worked with extremely fragile spirits whose lives have been horribly damaged by their families and the events they have been through.

So, when I presented my ideas for writing about these people, I called the books “Weeds into Wildflowers: Stories of Reclamation and Redemption of Society’s Throw-Aways and Discarded People…A New View.” A rather long title, but it was the winner in the workshop for the most innovative way of looking at the distinction between what we believe is of no use and then seen differently.

We have been weeds. And now we are blooming wildflowers. Vibrant, alive, purposeful and HERE! I am so grateful I get to know some of the most amazing folks in the world and how that transformation takes place for us. Let’s keep it going…I have open pockets, always full of hope!

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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