February 5

HOPE MONTH: DAY 5: “Turn around and believe that the good news that we are loved is better than we ever dared hope, and that to believe in that good news, to live out of it and toward it, to be in love with that good news, is of all glad things in this world the gladdest thing of all.”― Frederick Buechner

Yay! I don’t think I ever read this before. If so, it sure did surprise me this year. I love it! What if we all just believe this is true?

Wouldn’t that make the world so much greater and more beautiful? I think so. I tell everyone that I am “God’s favorite kid” and they don’t get it at all. But I do.

It is not an exclusive deal. We are ALL God’s favorite kids. The secret is to truly live like that and believe it. When we do, life is amazing and beautiful. Even the icky stuff is so much more less painful than when we don’t live like favorite kids.

We can see the purpose and the beauty of life when we know we are deeply and beautifully loved like that. This quote says, for me, the same thing.

And I AM in love with this good news. I stay in love with life, just as it comes. Just the way each moment unfolds, because there is such tremendous joy and delight in the surprises of each moment and every day this way.

I never know what is going to happen next, nor do I have an agenda for every minute of every day. I love, love, love the wonderful things that crop up spontaneously all the time! The chance encounters…the conversations with someone that turn into a full-fledged adventure all of the sudden. A nice walk that becomes a new friend or the unbelievable sighting of eagles nesting down the road from me. WOW!

A lovely way to live…open doors, open heart, open life…amazing miracles all around. I could never have done this, even in the early days of recovery, when I still lived in controlled fear all the time. Rigid, sad, lonely. Not so much anymore! I get to explore the wonder and awe of all of it! I love this gig!

All I have to do is turn around and believe….what fun! What joy! What a 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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