August 7

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 7: “We must become bigger than we have been; more courageous, greater in spirit, larger in outlook. We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance not to nations but to our fellow men within the human community.”― Haile Selassie

This is exactly what Step 8 asks us to do. To step it up…sometimes A LOT! And life itself also asks for us to become more and bigger and wiser and kinder. This is how…the roadmap is written into these steps.

Most addicts balk really hard at Steps 4, 5, 8, and 9.

And yet, here is the real reason we do this recovery thing. To rid ourselves of all that holds us back from our love and life and joy and happiness. We think, at first, that this whole gig is about drinking or not drinking…using or not using…SO far from it!

We have to become real and authentic and the best version of ourselves as spiritual entities. The steps is what allows that transformation to take us from the bottom or the barrel to the top of the hills. And it must be thorough, ongoing recovery. We don’t just jump up and shake it off.

There are years of programming to unwind and rewind. That is only through the steps. We have to see life from a new perspective and become the vessel of spirit that we are created to be. I love this process and working through it over and over again, every single day, to be more the human I am here to be, and teaching others how to do the same thing. So few ever really get this gift. I am so blessed to receive it each and every day. 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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