July 7

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 7: “Patience is the thing that makes me think about my choices rather than having my choices make me think about why I made them.” ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

This quote made me laugh really hard. What a great way to phrase the art of patience! I have sat and wondered, so often, “Why??!!” We all do.

The truth is that we cannot choose wrongly, in my opinion. Either way, our choices will lead us to our growth and development. We grow when we think about what we are doing, and we grow when we don’t. Most of the impetuous and spontaneous choices I have made have taught me well, eventually.

I sometimes choose out of boredom or to avoid something I don’t want to deal with, or just to prove that I can choose.

Every opportunity presented to me has the gift of learning that comes with it. I learn if I sit still and I learn if I jump into the deep end. Action and no action are both teachers for me. This life thing has so many varieties of lessons for me to learn.
I can learn when I withdraw from the social environment around me. I fill myself with quiet and the love of my animals and home and gardens or the beauty of the place where I live. I can be alone for days and still learn so much!

I also learn when I go into social settings and interact with people on that level. Either way, there are always things to pay attention to that come up for me and ways to be in any setting that inform and further my spiritual and emotional development.

Today, I am slower than I used to be. Aging is the gift of more patience with myself, for sure. I don’t really have a need to race, just the habit sometimes. But I have cultivated the ability to sit for a certain amount of time every single day and to also listen to my inner self when things shift in some direction or another. As an avid reader and writer, I remain mindful at all times of what I bring into my experience. Once in a while I do things that teach me that I did not need to do them after all. Yeah, the learning continues. I am not dead yet, so the lessons will continue to inform and teach me what I am here to know. I love that!

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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