January 6

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 6: “A tree gives glory to God by being a tree. For in being what God means it to be it is obeying [God]. It “consents,” so to speak, to [God’s] creative love. It is expressing an idea which is in God and which is not distinct from the essence of God, and therefore a tree imitates God by being a tree”― Thomas Merton

I remember reading this quote and knowing I was going to imitate God by being myself. I am not a tree. I think I might have been once or twice. I feel a great affinity for trees. They soothe me. I care for them. I have planted quite a few.

Where this goes for me is to the early days when I heart “fake it till you make it” in the rooms of meetings all the time and felt comfortable knowing what a faker I could be. So I did. I still do sometimes. I fake peace when my brain feeds me turmoil. And peace soon appears. So, I understand the idea of imitating God by becoming peaceful when things around or inside me (and sometimes both!) do not feel or appear peaceful. Just as I know there is peace in the Universe no matter the level of chaos in a situation. Just as the sky is blue above the heaviest storm blowing through my little world.

There is an essence of calm everywhere…an essence of peace…and essence of love…joy…happiness…all of these exist in the BEING of Universal Power. I claim THAT.

I exist in THAT. I give “glory to God” in THAT. I consent to creative love as well. Every day. All the time. I accept myself fully as me. Whatever that appears to be to others is none of my business. It is only my business to allow and express myself as ME. I don’t want to be anyone else. Every morning I thank the Universal Power for my life and being Kelly. It is truly sincere, because I am so content with myself and my life and this amazing journey I get to be on.

I experience my Godness in so many ways today. It is beautiful and I am complete. When I get all chaotic in the world or in my head, I say quietly to myself…be peaceful outside…be calm outside…be happy outside…and soon I am. I have to allow the chaos to leave. I invite it to go to another place where it can thrive in non-Godness. I don’t ever want to be THAT again. It did not bring me anything I want to have today. How lovely is this?

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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