February 16

HOPE MONTH: DAY 16:

“It is often in the darkest

skies that we see the

brightest stars.” ― Richard Evans

I love where I live now. There are no street lights or anything to block the stars, so they are brilliant at night. With all the rain recently, the skies are so clear and beautiful when the clouds move on.

Something about the sky at night instills a sense of wonder and awe in most of us. It is so vast and beautiful, if you can see it. I am grateful to be in a place where I can now.

I used to love to be on the ocean at night and look at the stars and see them reflected in the water. That is such a peaceful feeling for me. As is being able to sit outside and look at them in my gardens.

Nature is a wonderful display when we are allowed to get out and away from the man-created world around us.

I will always be drawn away from the commotion and the hubbub and created world. I want to be in quiet, peaceful settings with animals and Nature around me. I love the combination of forest and ocean I live in today. It never fails to take my breath away.

There is always a sense of stability and hope for me in the world of nature and its indomitable sense of continuity and purpose. There is no fear in me when I realize that it is just all so damned perfect and beautiful, no matter what we do to try to control it or work against it.

We get to see that a lot in what happens in weather situations. Talk about powerless! Yeah! And there is something amusing to me that we continue to attempt to defy Nature and build where we shouldn’t. Then be so surprised when the structures crumble or are blown away or destroyed by Nature. She is a mighty force, and we cannot tame or control her, no matter how smart we believe ourselves to be. I am a fan of this show.

And then there is our complete attachments to physical and material objects and how that plays out in the grander scheme of life itself. It is all going to be dust in short time. Funny that we will die trying to keep it from its only destiny.

The only hope I cling to today is that it is all ending and all beginning…everything, all the time. That is 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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