April 27

HONESTY MONTH: DAY 27: “To admit your ignorance is freeing. To say, “I don’t know” is to free yourself from having to come up with a bullshit answer.”― Eric Roxas

Saying “I don’t know” is so powerful. I had to practice that a lot when I was about 5 or 6 years into this recovery thing. I was so afraid of what people thought of me that I believed I had to have answers all the time. Saying “I don’t know” gave me a ton of freedom.

It also gave me light. I was unburdened from the fear of being wrong and my need to be right all the time. Because I am full of Ego, I practice this from time to time when I see that I am becoming a know-it-all again. Bad juju in that, isn’t there?

We all need to open our minds, our lives, let air into the space where we live and breathe. Air and light are such great healers, especially in the realm of Ego, fear and character defects. I love that!

I also love to practice “I am not sure” as well. It is sometimes truer, because I may have information about what is being discussed, but I do want to always be open to learning more.

Not at all where I want to be with these responses, but I sure am better. I can hear myself when I start being a smarty pants, which is what my mom and dad used to call me. (Guess it goes WAY back, huh?)

But I love this idea and want to always work to keep it more a part of my life than being that.

Truth is, I can only know, as can any of us, a small part of any issue or piece of information. Although we might be experts in some areas of life, there is ALWAYS more to know.

And being open brings that beautiful light and spaciousness that helps me know I am on the right path. It is a great feeling, and being such an addict, I think I am kind of addicted to the good stuff these days!

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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