July 1

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 1: “Creating your dream life is based on your internal happiness, love, perseverance and patience. It is an everyday process. Trust yourself and enjoy the journey.”― Purvi Raniga

Isn’t this a great quote? I think so. Step 7 tells me that God is going to remove my character defects. I am just the vessel here. I must have patience with what happens in this process.

I can use this as an excuse to stay stuck in old ideas and old behavior. What I learned in Step 6 is which ones of my “hobbies” are actually character defects. Then I learn that they will get removed, but my job is to see where they continue to crop up and strive for less involvement with them. I don’t know if they ever get gone completely, but that is not my business.

I must practice these principles and trust that the Universal Power is doing what it is supposed to do in every area. My task is to continue to grow in awareness of and in practice of less and less frequent use of those defects.

All I can say is that I have found myself to be happier each day of this process. No matter what the outside looks like in my life, I can be a happy camper when I am aligned with this spiritual path. It is not on my terms and I can get all balled up in that, OR I can sit still with gratitude for what is going on and how it may serve (through me) to help others and serve that Power that gives me everything.

I love my life most days, and that is my happy place. Then I get all cranky about not getting my way in any area and the shit is on! Far less than it used to be, but some of those defects are still there, waiting for me to jump in the boat and play. I work to not get caught in that web Ego has for me…but once in a while I can get stuck, just like any of us. Practice, practice, practice! What an interesting time I am having!

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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