December 20

LOVE MONTH: DAY 20: “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.”― Rumi

There are so many things in this world that I love. I truly loved the work I did for so many years. It was a joy to me to connect on a deep level with people who were troubled and looking for help. I still love that!

I truly love to dig in the dirt and grow things and create beautiful gardens from nothing. This has been with me since I was a little girl. I have always loved that miracle…each and every time. I never stop being in love with growing things and caring for them.

I truly love to create home environments. I have moved a million times because of this, I think. Each home is a challenge to decorate and fill with things that make me feel comfortable and that are beautiful, to me. This is something I did when I was 7 or 8 for the first time, when I re-did my bedroom and felt wonderful. Since that time, I have enjoyed WAY more than my share of homes, creating a different space every time. The energy of the homes is amazing and there is something so compelling about doing this. It surprises me when others are not “home-bodies” who want to create amazing spaces. It is in my soul.

I truly love going into prisons, jails, etc. to meet and speak with those inside about recovery and 12-step living. It isn’t about GETTING sober or clean, it is all about LIVING that way. Not using or drinking has never been the goal for me. Life as a spiritual warrior has always been my goal. Working through this stuff that life delivers and my dysfunctional frames of reference are the reason I get up each day. I love to do this work and find the pieces of my mentality and world view that are damaged or in error and correct them, to see things from a perspective of love and light and beauty and grace. LOVE that!

I love to write, I really, really love to do this. I write a great deal every day, for no purpose other than it fills my spirit and soul with joy. I am able to find a way to articulate everything that matters inside my heart. What is NOT to love?

I truly love to be in the Natural world, the one created with nothing manmade, but all about the Creator and that Creation most people never appreciate enough to keep it healthy and whole. I want to hug every tree and hike every trail and walk for hours on every beach. I do not understand those who would rather sit in a chair and never move these miraculous bodies we all have been given.

I truly love 12 steps, although I spoke of this earlier, I also want to be very clear that these are the foundation of all good in my life, forever. There is none of this love possible without them and the intense application of them to every aspect of my life.

I love, love, love, deeply and forever, the practice of Gratitude that keeps me in love with not just these things, but MY LIFE! I am in love with ME, my life, my experiences…all of this! It is beautiful and wonderful and perfect all the time. Now, then, here are some starters…what are you in love with today???

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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