December 14

LOVE MONTH: DAY 14: “One word

Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:

That word is love.”― Sophocles

This is a new quote for me this year. I love it! And, the thing that comes to me when I read it is that the transformation I feel in myself most powerfully is that there is little left in life that I resist.

I have learned, through the ABSOLUTE application of these principles in EVERY area of my life, that life is going to happen. Period. End of sentence. So, my pain is ALL of my own making. I MUST accept all of life. I must accept everything. No matter what Ego says about it or whatever feelings are generated by Ego in response to Life.

I must accept every situation, every moment, every thing just the way it is. When I learn to do that, and really embrace it, I find that I fall in love with things that I once resisted. Really????? Really!!!!!

So, I see that I can love Life, not because I fear Death; but because it is HERE, right now, in my face, happening. And Death is not. I don’t know what this day is bringing to me, I never do. But, I have learned to stop what I am thinking and just breathe into the day and let the day take me where it will. This involves so many moving pieces. I let go of trying to arrange and control all the moving pieces (Ego and fear) and just BE with the day, the moment, LIFE!

Can I continue to make plans? Yes. I do. And then I let them unfold in the ways that they do. Period. End of sentence. And I love what comes, because I have lost too much of my life in fear and resistance and pain. I don’t have to love it at first, but I find that letting go of my resistance means I will love it at some point not too far down the road. And then the experience may teach me what it will. I will have it and let it inform me and then move into the next moment and the next experience. I never know what that will mean. It is not up to me.

I am a Spirit here for LOVE. Period. End of sentence. So this quote brings me to the place where I want to consistently sit. In Love with Life. For the rest of this moment. And then this one. And then this one. See how that works?

I had an experience a few weeks ago that taught me well. I was driving and on a road where I had no cell service and had a run-in with a rock slide. Blew out a tire, very fast. Found a place to pull over (highway 1 can be cliffy and windy and not a lot of room). It took about 30 or 40 minutes to walk to a place where I could call AAA if I hung over the edge of a pretty high cliff. Okay. Got it! Then it took about 3 hours for a guy to show up to fix the tire. I am not as young as I was when I would have done it myself. I know how. It is just not a risk I take today. Okay. That is why I pay for AAA. So, I walked around the small area that was there and found a few cool rocks. Then I sat in the car and crocheted while I waited. When I would get tired of waiting, I would get out and walk some more and get exercise. All went well. It was a peaceful experience. I had enough time in my trip to get where I needed to go. Got a new (2 new tires) and on I went. It amazed ME that I was peaceful and calm the whole time and did not try to fix anything myself. I was okay with what IS and just let it be. Grateful I had all I needed to do what I needed to do. It was okay. I am so happy that this is my new way to be. It is me, being in Love with Life.

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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