August 20

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 20: “The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he’s dead.”― Bette Davis

There are always new things to try, new attitudes to examine and maybe adopt, new ideas to explore. In today’s world, technology alone is a great challenge.

Then there is the notion that we can reframe the current political, health, and world experiences to become less frightening. They are not fear-inducing, just our views on them are. And our ability to buy into the mania produced on network news. Or not. That is a great challenge. Ego versus wisdom. We all have the wisdom of our life experiences telling us that every time we were told to be afraid of something or someone, it was a lie.

Look at those of us who grew up during the cold war. It was all propaganda that did not really exist in Universal Powers’ realm. Not at all. Same with every horrifying news story of our lives. They are just stories. Most of us have never once been impacted by them. Or, when we were, there was little to be truly terrified about.

And we are always powerless over these things anyway. Aren’t we? Hurricanes? Taxes? War? We can do a small bit (or not)…it is up to us. But the REAL challenge is to just accept it as LIFE and move on with our own path. Not buying into the egoic notion that we are going to change anything through fear and whining and complaint. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

So I would re-word this quote as well. “The key to life is accepting…life.” Because to not accept life is to live a life in anger, frustration, fear, and the erroneous belief that things are being done to us that are not about us at all. That’s a really awful story.

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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