November 23

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 23: “Earth would be such a better place every second of every day if we could just show up with an attitude of generosity and gratitude, and acceptance for one another.” ― Elisabeth Sheff

Yeah, what if??? I love this idea. We all do. And yet, we so quickly drop back into the physical “realities” of our world. We give them names, we have an entire story around them.

NONE of it matters! NONE of it! And yet, we will give that crap priority over loved ones, friends, being in the moment, ALL of life. We are SO backward and untrained in the spiritual life.

We will prioritize work, DOING shit that does not feed our spirit (but we call it LIFE), being distracted by being busy with all kinds of crazy stuff. NONE of it matters.

All we have to do is open our lives up to who is coming in or wants to. And learn to let go of those expectations and demands we place upon them. Believing that money or homes or cars or anything in the physical realm is more important than the experience of just sitting with a loved one and letting go of the ego stories about who we are and how important/busy/overworked/overwhelmed/sad/angry/etc. we are and how unfair life is that this is what is happening to US.

UGH! How awful the stories are that we cook up to avoid being in the midst of life. NONE of it matters…NONE of it. We impose imaginary deadlines and musts on ourselves and then die of heart attacks and strokes because we lived an entire lifetime for THAT. UGH!

Let’s all just take one day…ONE DAY!…to look around and see what we can do to be generous with our time and attention to someone who really needs for us to listen to them. Not talk, just listen. And then to open our hearts to their pain and their suffering. And then to be comfortable to sit with that WITHOUT trying to fix it.

Then to sit with our own as well. Really listen, not to the demands of the EGO that tells you that you are busier than anyone else on the planet and more important than anyone on the planet, or that no one else has it as hard as you do. Get the F— over it! Just be a kind human for one day and see if that doesn’t increase your sense of gratitude and generosity. THIS is the season for that. Put your wallet away and just give the ONLY gift anyone really wants…your time and attention and acceptance, unconditionally and for free. I dare you!

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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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