June 3

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 3: “Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don’t.” ― Tom Hiddleston

This happens to all of us at times. We get cocky, over-confident that we have something completely under control or at our fingertips and then…BAM! Life throws a curve ball we did not see coming and we are knocked off our feet by that.

Being humble means we are not closed to these experiences and can accommodate a new twist in things, which is how life unfolds all the time…not just on occasion. If life were going to be predictably the same, we would all be living in “Ground Hog Day” and that would suck. I love the surprises in life, and this was not always the case.

I learned this from an old-timer when I was really new…to pray for the Universal Power to surprise me in life and to love how that looked. I am so fear-based, as a rule, in being an addict, that I could not sit well with things that popped up in my life unexpectedly. I wanted control at every level.

Today I can more comfortably be flexible and resilient. I did not see that I had been these things in my earlier days, but I truly had.

We all get to lean into the wind sometimes and at others we need to go at it face first. This is how life unfolds for all of us.

We are going to have monkey wrenches tossed into our carefully planned lives and activities. We may get to see how it all unfolded in better ways than we could have arranged, but sometimes it isn’t easy to see it.

Again, I go to the piece on Acceptance that tells me that…”Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.” I can always remember this piece. It is crucial to me living the kind of life that is possible only with the total working of these steps.

Humility tells me that I will never be able to figure life out in advance. The best I can do is accept it will as good an attitude as I can muster, which means I have to be humble and grateful for EVERYTHING. It is the only path I have found that works to keep me in a life that is truly happy, joyous and free. I want that, I always did.

Today I have that, based on the condition of my spiritual maintenance. That maintenance, for me, is the discipline of writing a gratitude letter every day, meditation, and remembering that I am not the Source. The Power of the Universe that I have found and rely on for all things is that Source. And with those things, I remain humble and accepting and open. I live in this moment and let it all unfold, to the best of my capabilities, with all those qualities mentioned above; hunger, youth, foolishness, curiosity…they are the stuff of joy and life itself!

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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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