August 27

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 27: “You can have regret from yesterday, fear tomorrow, but peace today by sharing your heart’s deepest feelings. A life spent being fearful of showing your soul is a life not worth living.”― Shannon Alder

There will never be deep emotional bonding in life without daring to be authentic. Most people are involved in terribly shallow relationships, without any deep emotional bonds, because they have no true connection to their souls.

Getting connected to our souls requires letting go of the edge and daring to go out into the deep end of the swimming area. We have to become authentic and raw. It is not a pretty thing, and most of us are too busy covering ourselves up with the seeming blanket of social nicety and looking good. It won’t let us be real. It won’t let us see or know our deepest self. That is who and how we show up to real connection.

Most of the world will not have that. And they go from one thing to another in search of deep connection with self. It is not found in traveling all over the world. It is not found in countless relationships with others who are equally shallow and lost. It cannot be found in working 60 or 70 hours a week to amass money to spend on the things that can be acquired by purchase. It cannot be found in cars or homes or clothing or toys of any caliber.

Those are the accoutrements of a life of shallow searching. Anyone can look for meaning in a trip to Peru or New York. But no one can find it there. Nor is there deep emotional connection with ones’ self available in any department store or on Amazon. It is not in an educational setting, nor in the workplace, nor in a bank vault.

It is in daring to be alone with our deepest feelings and letting them teach us about our heart and soul. Then, and only then can we begin to understand how to walk in the world without fear of being real. It is only then that we can be at peace and in love with who we are here to become and share.

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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