August 25

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 25: “Through every generation of the human race there has been a constant war, a war with fear. Those who have the courage to conquer it are made free and those who are conquered by it are made to suffer until they have the courage to defeat it, or death takes them.”― Alexander the Great

This has nothing to do with the wars that are fought in almost every generation. The wars that require the most courage are our personal battles with Ego.

Religious bodies speak of the devil or evil and both are interchangeable, it seems. I believe that there is no such entity or idea. For me, Ego personifies them both. While I know that many are believers in religious tenets, that is my belief.

Every act that I can recall ever hearing about that could be termed “evil” was, I believe, driven by the tyrant Ego we are all gifted with at birth. As spiritual individuals, we are challenged to do battle with this Ego in order to return to our spiritual state.

Addiction gives us many forms of Ego to deal with. Primarily, the face that most often crops up is that of the tremendous fear we all get to see in operation in day-to-day life. There are so many social constructs that are entirely created around fear.

Every day we are told of tremendous threats to our happiness and well-being. Demons are created in our lives by those who wish to control us and sway us to their cause. Political groups are consistently ranting in our ears about the horrors of what is to come…IF…and we are told that we must have this or that shiny new thing to just be okay by marketing teams selling the latest gadget or car or house or dress or vacation.

We rush around, scared we are not measuring up, and they get richer by pushing the levers and all the right buttons, and we become sheep. Sad, frightened, terrible sheep; willing to do and buy things that make absolutely no sense. Killing and hating and destroying and working ourselves to death to do it all some more. And then religious leaders tell us to be afraid to die, because we are going to burn in hell unless we give them some more of that money and do what they demand, or it will be even worse after we leave this shit. What a sad thing this is. Courage is needed, for sure.

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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