June 22

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 22: “It is a long journey, not just as a writer, but as a human being. Take nothing and no one for granted, be humble always, be kind especially when it’s difficult and never forget the place where you came from and the people that helped you get where you are. These things will live on in you and through you, long after the words have faded.”― CK Webb

This quote is really lovely, I think. It is a good rule of thumb for how to be in the world around us. Humility and gratitude are so important! I get one when I practice the other, all the time. When I remember my true size in the world around me, I get to be humble. When I get humble, I get grateful for what goes on in my life every day. Little things. They all matter.

When I get grateful, it reminds me to be humble. I love that! They are such important concepts. And when I am taking care of what I am up to, instead of watching others to distract myself from my bad behavior or attitudes, I can remain in both humility and gratitude.

When I was new to this recovery thing, I was told to say “Please” in the morning, and “Thank you” at night. Then I read “A New Pair of Glasses” and learned that it would never be necessary to ask for God’s help in staying sober if I remembered that it was God’s help that got me sober to begin with. Oh! So I quit saying please in the morning and just said thank you for sobriety every morning and about 1000 times during the day. I just say thank you all the time.

And I can sing the song whenever I forget to be grateful! I love the song. Most of you know it if you have ever heard me speak. If not, you will someday.

This step is so important! I have to consistently keep track of what I am up to and how my attitude is doing each day. Then I say thank you each day for my character defects being kept in check and to be shifted to the assets column of the ledger sheet. What a great way to live!

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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