August 16

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 16: “I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led.”― Thomas Jefferson

There are a great number of character defects that I am privy to. Laziness has never been one of them. I am vastly curious and rather self-centered, so have always been interested in what makes Kelly tick. This quote resonates with me, because I have never shied away from learning more about my inner workings. I enjoy therapy with a good therapist who can point out to me things I don’t always see for myself, as well as this wonderful process of discovery in the 12 steps.

There have been truths I was not totally crazy about for me here. I embraced them, however, because they felt true. I love that feeling, even when I don’t like it. I respect the truth in ways that are more pure for me than anything else. It is hard to explain except to those who are like me. We live as deceitful a life as it is possible to live and have great respect for those who see through that to our inner truths and then relate them to us. Or those truths we suddenly uncover and find pleasure in. That inkling we get when we stumble onto something and get to see our reflection without blinders on.

I also like this quote because it comes from someone whose life I have read many books about. I have a great respect for the mind and integrity of Mr. Jefferson. He was brilliant in many ways. A man with a few vices himself, but honorable in his truth and acknowledgment of his shortcomings.

He made some rather public amends during his career. I respect anyone who can own his faults and misdeeds and get on with life. Cleaning up wreckage is all a part of life. Long before drunks did this stuff to stay sober there were men and women of courage and honor who did it just because it was the right thing to do. Imagine that!

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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