May 10

INTEGRITY MONTH: DAY 10: “Do not be upset: all things follow the nature of the Whole, and in a little while you will be no one and nowhere. Concentrate on the matter in hand and see it for what it is. Remind yourself of your duty to be a good man and rehearse what man’s nature demands: then do it straight and unswerving. Always, though, in kindness, integrity, and sincerity.”― Marcus Aurelius

Simply put. I like that. I grow more and more fond of cutting through the decorations as I grow older. I want to do life simply.

And the ending is just that…I will be no one and nowhere. No matter how much Ego puffs itself up and wants to be something all the time, it won’t be in short order.

So we all just get to do what feels most right for us, without harming others or the planet as I see it. I think that is good and just. I have always known this, but I was captive to Ego for far too long to do what I knew was right.

As I get older and closer to the end-date of this life, I long for more and more simplicity, as I said, but also more peace. I only get peace when I am doing the best right thing for myself in every situation. Not in a selfish way, but in the way that serves me best as well as everyone else. Most right decisions may be viewed as selfish to others, but I cannot let that be the determining factor. In fact, my journey has taught me that most of the best right things I decide may not win the popular vote. That, too, is none of my business. I am not here to win the popular vote, but to be the best person I can be, all the time.

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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