November 14

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 14: “You can brainwash yourself to make yourself believe you are in heaven or in hell, at any given moment.” ― Ilwaad Isa

I have seen how what I focus on creates the reality of my life in that moment. If I am focused on self-centered fear (Ego…Screaming Purple Monkeys…SPM), then I am going to be completely blocked from the love and miracles that surround me all the time.

I am only focused on the problems of my life. And, so far, I am incapable of resolving any of them by focusing on them. It is only when I remove my focus to something else that resolution occurs. And it is very seldom anything that I can create.

It is always the work of the Universal Power, in some aspect, that comes along to resolve the things that I deem as problematic.

It is ALWAYS going to be a shift in my perspective that creates resolution. Most of the time, I am completely clueless about what the problem really is. I may think it is a problem of not enough money, but that is ALWAYS coming back to me as a problem of not enough faith in the Universe to take care of my needs…again and again.

So, I have learned to focus on all the billions of things that are good and fine in the world I inhabit…my energy, my health, my beautiful surroundings, my arms, my legs, my heartbeat, the lessons I have learned (even when I knew they were insurmountable problems!), the people who come to teach me, over and over, the new lessons waiting for me. The sun, the moon, the stars, the air, the water, the amazing animals that open my heart each day, my hands…omg! I can do the MOST astonishing things with my hands…hundreds of really cool and amazing things…I LOVE, REALLY LOVE my hands! Wow! And if I do not make it a point to love them, I take them for granted.

AND, I am absolutely convinced I would be the loudest screamer in the world if I did not have my hands. I would be hysterical if I lost even one finger. OMG! So, why is it that I have to work so hard to say thank you to my amazing hands?

Isn’t THAT the true nature of addiction? To take all of our millions of blessings for granted, every day, all the time…and whine about some stupid shit that happened when someone cuts us off on the freeway or someone as self-centered as me does something to hurt my wittle baby feelings???? Geez! Get a grip!

So, gratitude is the way I live in heaven today, because I do.

OR, lack of it is the way I live in hell today, because I have. Your choice, where you gonna live?

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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