February 22

HOPE MONTH: DAY 22: “Hope is a force of nature. Don’t let anyone tell you different.”― Jim Butcher

I never thought about this, but everything that has ever been done has been a product of hope. It would be impossible to do anything without hope.

The belief that we are going to get out of bed would be considered hopeful. As would getting dressed, brushing our teeth, eating breakfast, etc.

All of these things require hope. I go to bed each night with the hope of sleep, along with the hope of waking up in the morning. All of my plans, schemes and ideas are based on hope, when you come right down to it.

Even depression or discouragement contain hope. These are the hope that the worst will happen, instead of the best. Hope still remains an ingredient of life.

The spectrum is all inclusive. When we have great hope for good outcomes, we are encouraged to go forward, often into territory that is uncharted, at least by us. Going forward ALWAYS means the territory is new and uncharted by us.

Even when others have trod the path, it will be uncomfortable for our feet because we have not gone down the path before ourselves. Perhaps the best we can hope for is a guide whom we can trust to lead the way for us.

Or not. Some of us will go down roads that others have not had the experience of. We must hold onto our hope in those times. Because it is going to still be a unique experience for us. I cannot benefit from your experience. I can only have mine. Yours is great to inspire me, but mine is necessary for my own growth and healing.

All in all, I love the ideas around hope. All of them. I know how dismal most addicts are in their views. We are one hell of a gloom and doom lot. As the BB says, we are “chronic malcontents.” And the ideas around hope are essential for us to embrace and manifest in our own lives. Each time we do, it increases the likelihood of miracles and hope to grow even stronger. I love that!

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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