January 22

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 22: “Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”― Lao Tzu

This quote makes me happy. I don’t know that the whole world accepts me, but I know that I do. I am very comfortable being Kelly. Just the way I am. Just the way I have been in the past and will be for the rest of today, God willing.

I have nothing to sell. No one to convince. It is the most freeing space I have ever been in. I am a dork about so many things and stopped trying to be cool a long time ago. No matter who gets it and who doesn’t. I am good with all of that.

I love the things I get to do every day. I have faced some small, but for me, challenging things…just this week! I learned how to do several completely new things that I did not know how to do, and told myself I did not WANT to do last week. How cool is that?

Ego can tell me stories about how other people should do these things for me. But I turned it off and got involved in learning to do things that kind of impress me. I am proud to do them. And get into the mix of my life, instead of watching it from the sidelines. That is the best part for me. I “got ‘er done…” What a great gift to give myself.

And I get all dirty doing those things, and probably look like a dork, but I feel good about not telling myself the “I can’t…girl…” or whatever BS story Ego wants to tell. This is key to me. I go on the scary hikes or climb down the scary trail to a cool beach or build something I find YouTube videos for. Learning is the key for me…feeling totally alive in doing new things all the time.

My bucket list has a bunch of these kinds of things I want to learn to do. I am constantly finding silly projects to complete and be involved in. Such fun! So many people have been dead long before their bodies give out. Afraid to do life in so many ways. I always want to challenge myself, new yoga pose, new thing to build, something new to learn about myself. Another workbook, another way of seeing life…the list is endless!

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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