May 16

INTEGRITY MONTH: DAY 16: “It wasn’t perfection that made the beautiful ones attractive. It was their honesty, their love, and their transformational fruit.” ― Barb Wall

I like the phrase “transformational fruit.” Like it a lot. It is the key to what I have done here in this thing. I once found the title of a book I still want to write; “Weeds Into Wildflowers; the Transformation of Human Throwaways.”

I was a human throwaway. Many of us have been. We end up on the trash heap of our social environment and come back to life when we begin to live as useful and productive members of that same society. This is transformational fruit. I am that.

And I believe a great deal of it is in how we view ourselves, our lives and our purpose on this marble. I am not sure any longer what my purpose is, but I work each day to add something good to the world around me. Encouragement for those who are not sure of their worth or value, a kindness to someone who doesn’t believe they deserve it. Aren’t these the greatest of gifts?

I think so. I don’t have much to deliver except that. Guidance and acceptance to someone who is feeling that their life is wasted or unappreciated.

I am a cheerleader for recovery and reclamation and transformation. I believe in all of that. Deeply and strongly. It is my story. It is my belief system.

So I share that. It is all I have, but it is enough. When we share these things with each other, they make it possible for someone else to grow and to develop a sense of possibility in their darkest moments. Hope and transformational fruit feed the spirit like nothing else can. This does make us beautiful in the eyes of those whose lives we may touch.

We never get to know how that works. It just does. And in the doing, we become more beautiful as well. It works on us on the inside to stress our process and to own it in that fashion. I love that!

Bill Wilson found it when he met Dr. Bob. It was a moment of serendipity of vast  proportions. And neither of them knew exactly what was happening, but happen it did. And so it goes, on and on. That is a lovely way of being in this world. And we are the most blessed of all people when we pass it on.

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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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