January 29

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 29: “Being different is a revolving door in your life where secure people enter and insecure exit.” ― Shannon L. Alder

When we stand for what we believe to be right for ourselves, we are often going to be left standing alone. That is how it should be. It is only then, when we are willing to face criticism and ostracism, that we are truly practicing spiritual principles.

When I first found my voice, it did not resonate with others. That was a challenge. Today, I have spent thousands upon thousands of hours in working with people who do not like or agree with my philosophy quite a bit of the time. What does resonate with them, however, is the idea that they truly know that what I am teaching them is true.

They just don’t like it, nor do they want to do it. This is the path of the warrior. I am a fierce and continuous warrior. I know that. I am not often going to be popular, nor am I liked by those who do not want to change their ideas.

I remember hearing a man named Howard speak when I was about 4 years into this recovery thing. He was (and still is) one of the few who actually read the part in the BB where it talks about “Old Ideas” and how crippling they are to our ongoing spiritual development. I don’t know how so many so-called recovering people miss this part.

It is the sole (that means ONLY) purpose of the 4th through 9th steps and the REAL need we have for working those steps repeatedly throughout our ongoing process of recovery.

Our old ideas are the same thing as “causes and conditions.” This is puzzling to an awful lot of people who claim they have worked the steps.

So, I am secure in my recovery. It goes very, very deeply into the things I was given as “truth” throughout the important stages of development in my early life. I was brainwashed and programmed in ways that do not serve my ongoing interface with people or any kind of social environment. I was given information that was absolutely wrong in the ways that it taught me to believe and think and act. So, it is imperative that I rethink and relearn ALL OF IT!

It is no one’s fault this happened. They were brainwashed, too. And even fewer of them knew it or got the opportunity to shift into a new way of believing, thinking and acting. Thank the Universal Power that I DID!!! And I will continue to use my big mouth and my typing fingers to let others know every day I am given this voice.

This voice that bugs and pesters and that others cannot stop hearing once they hear it the first time. I love that my naggy voice never goes away for others. SO many people tell me this. They hear me, I haunt them. Once you hear me, you cannot ever NOT hear me. Hahahaha…I love that. And there are no insecure people around me. They cannot hang. I don’t have to do anything except keep using my voice and the truth I have found in the deep practice of spiritual principles. Such good shit!

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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