July 3

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 3: “Above all, trust in the slow work of God.” ― Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

As I read this today, I thought…”oh, yeah…slow. But then look out, because a shift can begin and roll with you in a heartbeat and the power of that is like a freight train.”

So, understand that there is sometimes a great length of time involved in preparing for that shift. It may take weeks, months, even years. And then, BAM! The Universe unrolls the rug and you are flying off to a whole new world. That change can be life changing and powerful and seemingly sudden.

But the truth is this: We must prepare ourselves for that rug to unroll. Until our feet (and our hearts and our minds) are in the right spot, the rug cannot unroll at OUR feet.

This has happened to me so many times in this life. I spend long periods of time becoming ready for a shift; and now I can even feel them coming; but the shift can only happen in the perfect moment. And then it comes across like a tornado or an earthquake. I love that!

The work is what we do as we are learning to practice patience. We sit and we sit, and we do this work of clearing out old crap and opening up to new crap. Trust me, I know that some (most) of my old crap today was new crap once.

And maybe it all ties back to the old ideas that we got in touch with in the beginning of this journey. It is like that for me. Always going back to the origin of my defense mechanisms and old ideas and beliefs about myself and my role in this world and my life.

And another layer gets removed and peeled away. I feel like a baby bird sometimes, no feathers yet, just all raw skin and nerve endings…not a fan; but it is the way I feel. And I accept that there is more to know. Then, and only then, a shift comes that takes me by the hand and tosses me into a whole new way of life. I love it!

So, the work of this Universe can take a long time to come back to the new dynamic, but it is NEVER, EVER late. Always on Universe time, and always just when I am fully prepared for that shift. It is NEVER, EVER early, either. I am always surprised, but always ready.

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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