January 1

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 1: “There is a time in life when you expect the world to be always full of new things. And then comes a day when you realize that is not how it will be at all. You see that life will become a thing made of holes. Absences. Losses. Things that were there and are no longer. And you realize, too, that you have to grow around and between the gaps.” ― Helen Macdonald

The world has a great deal of “new” every day. Energy is shifting and changing all the time. Part of that change is the absence of the things that have moved past, such as those mentioned in this quote.

I do not see that as a contrast, but more as a bigger piece of the same world. We see the changing seasons.

There is a hole in my garden where the tomatoes grew last summer, now they are gone. That is not a void, but an expectation, as I see it. An opportunity for new tomatoes to grow.

I live in a completely different environment today. One that is much better suited to who I am and how I wish to walk on this planet.

For the five years that  I lived in the previous environment, I was not unhappy, per se, but accepting of that is how it was supposed to be. A great deal came from that time. I would not erase it for the world. I did my utmost to embrace and accept all of it as being the perfect time and place for what the Universe had to teach.

I want  to always accept the Nature of this world and my place in it. Even though that may change a lot over the next 20 years or so that I plan to hang out with you all. The last 20 years have certainly brought great change to me.

Things that I never could have considered have occurred. Dreams came true and my heart was broken in astonishing and sometimes painful ways. I want t o learn to accept it all with open arms, rather than fight and resist.

All the pain in my life is a direct result of the resistance I have to life. My attempts to control and manipulate the Universe to do MY will have created horrific and terrible consequences. So, my intention is to step away from that place to the place of openness and acceptance, where my happiness is so often found.

I love this life. I love the seeming highs and lows and in-betweens. I get high every day on Nature and beauty and love. If you have set intentions for this new year, please keep in mind that the acceptance of what IS can be the easier, softer way. At least it is for me. Open-hearted hugs to 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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