November 7

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 7: “Ok. It’s possible that birds may sing just for the joy of it.” ― Kyo Maclear

I have so many ways to express my joy…one of them, probably my favorite (but not everyone else’s) is to talk. I LOVE to talk.

This comes as no news to those who know me. The biggest surprise (for me!) is that I was welcomed into this recovery thing and asked to share. Uhoh! Now it is on! And has been for all these 32 years and 8 months…lol!

So, I really get excited by life. And I always want to share with others the amazing experiences I get to have. I share as much as I can, being a crazy person with a lot of zest for life and new experiences. I love that I get to be me most days.

That is NOT the person who came around here in 1986. She was devastated by life and all the events that had occurred to that point. It was brutal and SO terribly unhappy.

This thing is wonderful. Life is wonderful. There are experiences and adventures around every corner, and I cannot wait to open ALL the lids and peek inside them all.

Life for me is so beautiful…I can’t wait to run out and embrace it all in the mornings when I wake up…I get so excited to be ME! Wow! Not where it all began, that is for sure.

I think the hardest thing is to have this incredible love for life and not be able to share it with others. I did not know that my greatest gift around here is to share it with all of you.

By talking about this, writing about this, just sharing it in whatever ways I can. I love to sit and share with others the astonishing love I have for life. Even on the scary days, it is an incredible experience to get to breathe and grow and be alive. It is so important that I appreciate each and every moment. They are so

Incredibly precious and beautiful.

Recovery has given me that new set of eyes to see things with. I am in love with the sun and the moon and the stars and the ocean and trees and flowers and birds and sand and color and life all over again. I did not know how much excitement and joy my heart could hold. This is such an amazing thing!

I wish I could sing like a bird. I would have such a happy song. And I do. So do you. Let’s all find our song today and sing it loud, so others know there is love and hope and possibility and joy when they are not feeling it.

I believe it is the greatest gift we have, just to be who we are, where we are, how we are and then watch it all shift when we look around and open ALL the gifts we have received. Today I have arms and legs and can talk and sing and walk and breathe…how wonderful is THAT???

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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