May 30

INTEGRITY MONTH: DAY 30: “Nothing will build trust as fast as these four words: Do what you say.”― Richie Norton

I love to watch what people do, versus what they say. How we walk through the world is an amazing testimony to our faith. I am learning to be integral with my words and actions. I seldom make a promise that I know I cannot keep. I have learned to do that.

I want to always be a walking testimony to the faith in life that I have learned in this life of recovery and practice of these 12 amazing steps.

If I proclaim my love of something, may I live in such a way that I am worthy of learning how best to serve that person, place, or thing. May I always be mindful and appreciative of those things that others do and say and be that are of service to me in any way. That is a goal that I get better with each day. I will sometimes have a  lapse, but they are further apart and cleaned up quicker every time.

If I tell someone something, I want to walk that road, fully and with deep commitment and honor. If I make a commitment to someone, I want to not just honor that commitment, but to do it joyfully and with grace and gratitude. Doing that with resentment is worse, to me, than not doing it at all. I know the difference in my heart. We all do. It shows, and it is an ugly thing.

When I cannot do something with love, I want to have the courage to walk away. Not to feel trapped in the situation, and thereby a martyr or victim. That is when it gets ugly, really ugly. And I don’t like the way that energy feels or looks or what it does to my life. Been there, hopefully getting over it! And we all know what that looks like when we are around it. I have had good mirrors to show me how ugly it is, and I want to be forever mindful not to do it ever again myself.

More than just doing what I say, I want to always be about doing it in the service of life and that Universal Power who gives me Grace and love each and every day, in so many forms that gratitude is the only consistent response I want to show. Always. Thank you!

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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