August 31

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 31: “Be the kind of person who dares to face life’s challenges and overcome them rather than dodging them.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Do you dare? Life gave me addiction and a host of abuse situations, all of them before I was 21 years old. The addiction went on long enough after that to allow me to create a lot of wreckage.

My gifts were these: a fierce sense of disconnection from the family I grew up in (today I call it independence with codependence), a vast curiosity, a pretty good set of survival skills (honed through the abuse!), strong intuitive skills, amazing intellect, a love of books, music and art, strong creative abilities, and tenacity.

With these, I was armed to run. Fast and far, and for a very long time. I am armed today with the tools to heal the addictions and all its assorted traits, along with those ego-defenses I developed throughout the years of abuse. It never occurred to me not to grab hold of this stuff and fight like hell to heal. I am so surprised, really, that there are so many who will only do the minimum necessary to stay off the drugs and alcohol, but never get down into the causes and conditions part of this thing. I am a fierce warrior against my own addiction and anyone else’s who is willing to step into the ring full-force.

I dodged so much until I had the tools. And I have never looked back. There is such a huge difference between what we call Courage and what that really means. Most people believe it is the same thing as bravery. It is not. Courage is Heart. The seat of our Soul. The place where Spirit lives and inspires us to do things that are great and wonderful and in partnership with all Creation.

THAT is Courage! We must all access our Source to have it. This means we cannot live in Ego and Fear all the time and be Courageous. We may have a fearful voice telling us to hide away from life, but true Courage jumps up and embraces it and loves it and rolls around in it every day and spends every moment like it is the most precious one to come so far. It is!

There are no challenges, except to the Ego. Life is just life. It is always beautiful and exciting and vibrant and ON! Hiding from that is just chickenshit. If you want to be a spiritual warrior (I DO!), get up and get on with it. Love, laugh, skip, jump, run, walk, hike, hug trees and people and dogs and cats and whales and dolphins and everything, swim, fly, be alive! Dare to be alive, really alive! Learn everything you can, never stop learning. Feed the Earth, feel the Earth, heal yourself so you can help others.

Be healthy in every way…stop dying by inches before your time. Find your wounds and bring them out into the open to heal. Smile at everyone. Speak to everyone. Encourage, uplift, accept everyone and everything. Be grateful every day…all the time…write it out. Hold hands with life…jump into the pool of this day and swim like hell…splash and play and dive deeply into it. That is what heart is. That is what courage is. That is what we are here for!

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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