June 13

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 13: “Be careful not to mistake insecurity and inadequacy for humility! Humility has nothing to do with the insecure and inadequate! Just like arrogance has nothing to do with greatness!” ― C. JoyBell C.

A lot of folks will put themselves down, believing it is humility they are practicing. That is not true. I love to tout my recovery and the blessings of my life, but I do not ever take credit for them. I will always allow that I am not the author of this particular book.

Humility, for me, is the recognition that of myself, I am nothing. That I cannot be sober and clean without Divine Intervention. That there is a Power in this Universe that is  driving the bus at all times. That I do nothing and take no credit for my successes.

All good comes to me as a result of a loving Entity that keeps me right-sized and allows me to meet any and all situations with faith or fear or a combination of both. I am free to do anything I choose. I choose, most of the time, to do the next best right thing.

That is not always clear for me. There are times when, given my insane energy, that I run off half-cocked and get myself into a situation filled with self-will. Happens. Not as often, but still happens.

I know all my character defects and shortcomings. Step 6 and 7 are powerful and teach me well. I am also not in charge of whether or not they are completely removed. The humility in these steps is around the fact that I ask for Divine Guidance and removal. I cannot do it.

Like this quote states, insecurity and inadequacy are  for those who do not know they are God’s kids. I know I am…I freely boast all the time that I am God’s favorite kid. I see and freely acknowledge the huge blessings all around me. They are enormous and beautiful!

I write that list every morning, before I get out of bed. The rest of the day, I am satisfied with knowing I am going to be God’s favorite kid again, all day long. And I am. And I continue to be blessed. I love that! And I say Thank you 10,000 times more often than Please. Why? Whatever in front of me is the blessing I did not even remember to ask for. I don’t do that any longer. Everything I need is already here. All the time, every day. I love 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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