September 21

FREEDOM MONTH: DAY 21: “You ought to live your life with such freedom and joy that uptight Christians will doubt your salvation.” ― Steve Brown

I LOVE it! I know my lifestyle and language, along with other aspects of my being cause deep concern for most Christians. So this makes me laugh.

And I think that I DO live my life with great freedom and joy despite their concerns. Hahaha! I may even be guilty of living in such a way that may incur their concern more often than is necessary. I am certainly likely to poke every bear I meet. Not sure why, but it IS my nature.

Being so, I know that I may do what I will in this world, but my motto was framed for me many years ago when I first heard that “Living well is the best revenge.”

I remember thinking that I would show everyone that they could kiss my ass and determined that I would live really well. That did not work out with all the lifestyle choices I made in those early years, but I never forgot that motto.

After coming here and cleaning up some of the messes I made, I can focus now on living so well that sometimes I feel guilty about it. You know what I mean. I am afraid sometimes to tell people how happy, joyous and free I am. They don’t believe me. Not that I really care, but once in a while I have to whine to show I am still an addict and not too far off into fairy land.

But, I do know that any uptight or restricted people I meet are very uncomfortable around me. And in recent times, I have a small party with people wherever I go. This is so much fun! It has always been my style but keeps happening more and more often as time goes on. So, I guess I am on to something. I always want to leave people happier than when I met them.

Sometimes, this will not work with rigid, fearful people. If they are locked into their drama or story, I am not going to be a good fit for them; because I may just laugh at it all. I laugh a lot at heavy dramatic stories. I know the truth. They are shit we make up to feed our ego. We all have them, but we can live in the muck or we can walk in the sunlight of the spirit. I know where I am going to hang out!

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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