April 21

HONESTY MONTH: DAY 21: “It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” ― Noël Coward

What if we had politicians and leaders who were just honest? Even if their honesty is skewed into the direction of their affiliation, it would surprise and shock us.

We are so used to media intervention that we seldom register shock any more about how much we are lied to and conned by these people.

We tend to want to know only those things that are pertinent to us. If I am interested in Ecology and how legislation is used to govern that aspect of life in this small world we inhabit, then that is going to be my focus on it all.

Everything is in flux. If I truly adhere to the belief that all is exactly as it is supposed to be, all the time, then I cannot fail to thrive, no matter the circumstances surrounding that. It is not my job to run the world, or the state or the country or the city, or any of it. It is my job to fit myself to be of maximum service to the life I am placed in.

There are always things I CAN do to participate in solutions instead of problems. I can exercise whatever muscles I have in spiritual ways to benefit the people and the things that I am most passionately involved in. Whatever they may be.

I can be integral and honest in many ways. When I understand that we are talking about the ongoing battle for survival that each person is engaged in, it is the battle of head over heart. If heart is winning, then I am going to be honest and loving and kind and generous and grateful. If the head is winning, I am going to be living in fear and deceit and manipulation and selfish and taking away from others.

I need to remember that those who lie and cheat and steal truly believe it is the only way they can survive this world and their lives. It is ugly, but it is necessary from their point of view.

I am not here to condemn that, but to walk the different path I have been blessed to discover here. That is the job of these steps, to dispel my fear and increase my faith. It is one thing to talk about it; but another thing altogether to walk it. I am not shocked by honesty, but truly blessed and joyful to encounter it when it happens.

Instead of the constant focus on deceit and fear, I shine the light of love on those who DO have integrity and honor and love. It is beautiful to behold and wonderful to celebrate!

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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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