December 5

LOVE MONTH: DAY 5: “When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”― Paulo Coelho

Step 12, for me, is the one I get to do all the time. I have had many spiritual awakenings and spiritual experiences since coming here. I am changed forever by the practice of Step 12. Each person I have had the fortunate experience to know since the first day in recovery has helped me in some way. I have learned and grown with each encounter and each person.

Carrying the message, for me, has always been about H+I work and going into prisons. I have done some work with other types of facilities, but working in treatment has given me a disability, because I don’t go into many agencies of that type. Kind of burnt out on that whole thing. So, there are other people who are better suited for that work than me.

Prisons and jails, though, are where I truly love to work Step 12. I have always been very excited about going into these places and meeting these people. Mostly men, in the prison setting, because I don’t do a lot of women’s prisons. Just not had many opportunities for that. But I go when I am in a position to do it. I love the work and always have.

Because of this kind of love, I have become a better person. I am of service to the world around me in ways that not many people are willing to be. And I keep striving to do more work for others each day. It is my passion and my mission at this time in my life. I don’t know how long I will continue to do this, but I hope it is for the rest of my life.

I love carrying the message through working steps with women and always have. They have a music to them that is amazing to me. I love the music and the outcomes. I truly do love this life and this wonderful opportunity to do things that feel right and good instead of how it felt for me before.

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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