November 26

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 26: “I try hard to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing love, the finest emotion we can ever know.” ― Bill W.

We all love to take credit for what is accomplished in a recovering life. There is no doubt that the footwork must be done.

BUT, what gratitude will give us is the truth. We cannot know any of this without the Divine Intervention that happens when we are given the opportunity to come into this thing and be introduced to the notion that recovery is a possibility for us.

No matter what you may believe about how YOU did this, there is absolutely no possibility that it came from your own ideas. NO POSSIBILITY. No matter how smart we think we are, there is only ONE thing that brings us to our knees…and that is a Divine Intervention that is perfect for US.

Each of us has a path through life and into and through recovery. It probably doesn’t look like anyone else’s, but it is ours. We get to this point in exactly the way it is meant to be. “Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.” Yes! So, we have a journey to this day, to this moment. And it is perfectly orchestrated by the Universe to be like it is. I love that! I cannot screw up, unless I neglect to acknowledge the Source and the Author of it all.

If there is a blessing for me to know, it is that I have paid so little in price for the  events that transpired on my way HERE. There were some prices paid, sure, but nothing but Grace for even getting here in exactly the way I did.

And beauty and Grace in every moment since then. I have had some tragic events occur, or so I thought. What truly happened was my attachment to the story around those things. Life and death, nothing more and nothing less, have been around me every day of this journey.

Wait! Oh? You as well? Of course! We are here to do LIFE, all of it. And not one moment is not a gift and a blessing, no matter what we think about it. It is all here to teach us to Accept and Learn and Grow and get the hell over that ego bullshit. Sickness, health, money, poverty, all of them are relative to each of us. What I call poverty or wealth are seldom relevant to a Pasha or a peasant.

All a gift. And we CANNOT ever remain conceited when we see this truth. We do nothing, we cannot do a single thing that is not in accordance with the path. If I go left when I could go right at any intersection, it is Divine Will for me to learn what lies to the left. Oh! Either way, I will get the lesson that is there for me to learn. If I stay under my bed for the rest of my life, I will still get the opportunity to learn what I am here to learn, or not. It does not matter. Get it? This is beautiful stuff, and I cannot, for one single moment, take credit for anything, even figuring out how astonishing it all is! Divine plan…after all…

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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