March 23

FAITH MONTH: DAY 23: “Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” ― Beatrix Potter

I am not so sure about “behaving myself,” but I DO believe in the great power. I see it all around me…in the ocean, in the sky, in the stars at night, in the amazing variety of animals around me. I see it in the things that people do that are always surprising and the way the world unfolds.

I have faith in even the most unpleasant aspects of life.

I have seen things turn around that seemed impossible to ever work out for good. People come together in the face of tremendous tragedy and despair.

We survive things that should decimate our bodies and minds and spirits. We have resilience beyond belief. There is healing all around us, all the time.

I believe in the inherent God-li-ness that surrounds each human heart. And it is none of my business how lives are going to unfold. I only know that there is such perfection in so much of life that I believe it is there, even when it seems impossible to find.

I have also learned that I do not know what is good or bad, right or wrong; and that it is best when I just notice life unfolding without judgment or the idea that I understand any of it.

I love that part, because life is mysterious, and mystery makes it all so much easier to walk with. Trying to make sense out of it ruins it, spoils it somehow.

Faith is not a concrete thing. I cannot put a pin in it, or label it. It just exists, as does my heart. I can feel my heart, or at least my heartbeat, but I cannot touch my faith. It just lives in me, and I know it is there. It takes up space that used to be filled with fear, and now is not.

I am grateful for my faith. That the life I used to believe was only good for throwing away and trying to get over, is now used for something I truly love and cannot wait to participate in. That is such a tremendous shift, I still am amazed, every day, that it happened to me and for me.

Recovery like this is not possible in my mind. Only in my heart and only in this amazing experience I get to have. What a beautiful thing! What a beautiful gift! How blessed are we with that?

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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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