February 19

HOPE MONTH: DAY 19: “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda

So much of our life can feel dark and hopeless. We are masters at focusing on the negative aspect of things. Seeing only the darkness and forgetting that over half of every day the sun is shining.

Life goes on. That is a given. Until it doesn’t. And how we look at life and what we believe about it is always going to be the flavor of the experience. No matter what it is.

What are you focused on today? What are you doing to bring good, positive energy into your own life? THAT is going to inform your experience.

What are you doing for others, letting go of what you want and being of service in the world around you? THAT is what you have coming back. That is the karmic response the world will bring to your door. An old saying that I love is that you cannot pour garbage out into the world (negativity and selfishness) and get back custard pie.

So, run around looking at the negative and see what you get. I plant flowers and plants that supply food. I want to sow seeds of love where ever I can. I want to sow seeds of generosity and kindness and gratitude where ever I can. I  want to sow seeds of self-forgetting and selflessness where ever I can. I want to sow seeds of hope and upliftment where ever I can. I want to sow seeds of healing and growth and recovery where ever I can.

There is nothing we can do to stop the course of life. We can only alter the way we respond to it all. I want to be the one who walks with my face turned toward the sun. It brings me joy to be alive. I want to always walk on THAT side of the street.

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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