August 13

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 13: “I have not always chosen the safest path. I’ve made my mistakes, plenty of them. I sometimes jump too soon and fail to appreciate the consequences. But I’ve learned something important along the way: I’ve learned to heed the call of my heart. I’ve learned that the safest path is not always the best path and I’ve learned that the voice of fear is not always to be trusted.” ― Steve Goodier

I relate to this quote today completely. I can look back on my life and see the times I needed to have an experience solely for the lesson it brought. Or the times when I needed to feel loved and cherished by a Universal Power I could not feel…and then I could.

I don’t believe in the concept of mistakes. I believe we either learn or we need to repeat a lesson to learn. Either way, everything we do can be put to good use. I am either compiling evidence of a lesson or getting the lesson. None of it is wasted or unnecessary. Nothing.

Again, I go back to the quote from Dr. Paul O.; “Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.” There is no mistake outside of NOTHING.

So, it is all perfect, even when I am afraid of f-ing up…I cannot. Impossible. Isn’t that wonderful news? So, we get to learn, or we get to repeat lessons until we learn. Either way, we learn, right?

What a perfect universe we live in. No mistakes…ever.

So, when I am preparing and becoming willing to make amends, I am acknowledging that there is another path I can take. And seeing the beauty of how I learned about an alternative path is the best lesson of all. I can say that to anyone. It makes no difference if the other person sees this. None. I get to clean up MY side of the street and become a better human. That is all. I take responsibility for how I learn my truth(s) and move into a higher form of behavior that is more in line with who I am growing into. Not being where I have already been.

Then, given all of that, it is only my Ego that says it can or will be anything less than miraculous. Only my Ego. And when, pray tell, has THAT ever been a good recommendation for me to follow? My personal experience is that NEVER is the answer here. Okay, got it!

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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