August 4

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 4: “You can have the courage to climb the mountain, swim the lakes, go on a raft to the other side of the Atlantic or Pacific. That any fool can do, but the courage to be on your own, to stand on your two solid feet, is something which cannot be given by somebody.”― U.G. Krishnamurti

The human condition is one in which we are designed for other people. Some of us who have undergone traumatic situations are happy to be alone a lot. But even then, we are healed in companionship with others.

There are many, and this is the vast majority of people, who are not at all comfortable with being alone. They have not come to terms with themselves and have no ability to either sit still or be at peace with themselves. They have to keep going and looking for companionship, because their own company is not comfortable or desirable for them.

The journey of life is a singular one. While we may be designed for companionship, it is only possible after we make peace within our own spirits and minds.

Learning to be with oneself is the longest journey we go on here. It is the ultimate end of the spiritual path. And few of us can take it completely.

Learning to be okay within ourselves is that journey. Learning how to access our inner peace and be okay with ME no matter what is going on around us is the attainment of a spiritual journey. When we are spiritually fit, we are able to achieve comfort with no things, no people, and no yearnings for either material or physical goods. What freedom!

This is the ultimate in courage, to journey toward the goal completely independent of attachments.

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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