February 6

HOPE MONTH: DAY 6: “Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.”― Jennifer Elisabeth

Oh hell yes! I dedicate this writing today to a man who used to tell me I was his favorite crazy person. I loved him very much. Today would be his 51st year of sobriety if he were still with us. See…I spent the early years of my recovery in a car traveling all over So. California with him. Big on H+I because he got sober in prison in 1969. He was truly my hero. His dedication to recovery was phenomenal and touched more people than anyone I can think of. And I was his favorite crazy person.

I have an interesting mind. In the course of one day, I create things that surprise me, even after all these years. I dream up ways to shift and change things in this world, but have long since learned to just write them down or share them with another person and let them go. I no longer have the energy to put them all in motion.

This morning I was thinking about my friend and wrote down a new plan for recycling all the packaging materials that are being used by all the people doing online shopping and shipping. I found a warehouse to store things in and was coming up with a way to market these items to people moving and shipping stuff that would undersell the post office, UPS and moving companies so that we would stop buying new stuff and reuse and reduce this impact on our planet. I could start with a nonprofit, which I have created so many times it hurts my head.

This was just this morning, and it is only 10 am. This idea has been with me for a few weeks, but it just won’t go away. Yesterday I was talking to someone about how to provide low-income folks with better resources to save energy and educate them about water and energy consumption. I have a million ideas for that, including how to reduce waste with recycling in communities. Some folks garden, some have animals, and co-ops are a great way to bring like-minded people together. Then, I helped a hospice agency in my town search for heart shaped rocks and donated a bunch from my collection. We are doing a neighborhood co-op for various things.

I am crazy. My brain is very creative, and I have learned to let it be. I write down the good stuff and try to forget some of the not-so-productive ideas. LOL!

I know that I love to build people up. I believe deeply in the encouragement of others and participate in it all the time. It is the reason I go into all the prisons I do…thanks to my early years with my friend. I truly love and want to inspire others to recover and reclaim their lives with the help of a spiritual way of life. Not everyone is an addict, but everyone needs a spiritual path. That is what I have, and I am so happy to share it with everyone I meet. Blessings!

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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