August 17

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 17: “Don’t try to understand life. Live it! Don’t try to understand love. Move into love. Then you will know – and all that knowing will come out of your experiencing. The more you know, the more you know that much remains to be known.”― Osho

Life only gives us so much to know at any certain time. Those who are in their 20s and 30s will have to learn things that those of us who are older had to learn. There is never going to be an end to this learning.

I have learned more about love in the last 2 or 3 years than I knew in the previous 60+ years of my life. It grows. My understanding and acceptance, too, have grown. My wisdom comes from all the things I had to learn; compiled over time, into a body of learning that happens very slowly.

Not everyone is here to learn. Ego will separate those who are open to learning from those who are not. It is really apparent in some folks. They are frozen into a set of ideas that they cannot let go of. Their opinions do not change, no matter what information may come to open their minds and eyes to another way of seeing. Their vision is exceedingly small and centered in themselves.

I believe we all get to this place, over and over again. Then we are forced to allow more experience and more information into our cache. Some will resist this learning and others will accommodate it, even when it is uncomfortable and goes against the grain of their beliefs.

In today’s world, there is a gigantic shift in perspective we are asked to step into. Some of us will navigate this well and some will not. An air of tremendous fear is hanging over a lot of people and can consume us if we go into it with Ego. Others of us will fall prey to a lot of drama and self-pity and fear. It is an ugly paradigm. I really enjoy this shift, because it has awakened me to find positive solutions and new ways of thinking. I find it exhilarating most of the time. I must be mindful, however, with whom I spend my time. What a great lesson plan we are being shown!

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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