March 19

FAITH MONTH: DAY 19: “Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.”― Elizabeth Gilbert

All the time, every moment of every day. Most of us believe that things like money, jobs, relationships, savings accounts, good credit, a home, a car, etc. provide us with safety and security. Neither of those things are going to keep us safe OR secure. Some of them may alleviate concerns (temporarily) about where we will sleep tonight, but overall they are not going to solve the idea that safety OR security exist.

Life is very risky…all the time…every moment. Why? Because huge surprise events occur that we need to be able to navigate. There is a lot of talk right now about how “stressful” the situation is where we are asked to remain at home and not go to work or meetings or gatherings of any kind. What is interesting is that there are places in this world where that is the status quo. We take ALL of these things for granted. And I believe that the Universe is going to shift some more so that we can relearn old ways of being in the world.

Why? Because we are disconnected. From life, from nature, from each other and the impact we have on the world at large. There are many beautiful lessons being taught (and, hopefully, learned!) in this time. I am a big fan of sitting still more and running around less. It is good for all of us on a spiritual basis. I know that some folks are deeply impacted on a financial basis by not being able to work. Sometimes this forces us to look at choices we make about what we value and how we spend our resources. Perhaps all of us can scale down to a more reasonable lifestyle? Consume less, share more? It is a good exercise for everyone.

Faith is like that. We have placed our faith in the wrong places. Financial “security” is a myth. It will not keep us healthy or alive. All of us face health issues as we age. Some of us will die very young. There is not a lot we can do to prevent it. Even the healthiest person on Earth can be in a car accident. So there is no guarantee. If we truly have faith, we live our moments as if they are the last ones we have. All of us would live differently if we knew that today was our last day. It is a good way to live.

It takes all the plan-making and living in the past or future right out of the conversation. And rearranges priorities in a whole new way. Let’s take advantage of this time to cherish our moments more and our money and busy-ness less.

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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