October 4

DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 4: “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda. The only adequate preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.”― John C. Maxwell

There are many things I do each day…they keep me happy and healthy and on the path I want to walk. I meditate every morning, I read every morning, I write every morning  (1 page – long list of gratitude and journal as much as I need, minimum 15 minutes), I clean up my home, I make my bed, I clean my gardens and pick whatever needs to be picked, I make a healthy breakfast, I write this piece most days, unless I am out of town, I read several items on my computer, I get dressed and go about my day. I walk (2-3 miles daily), I do my physical therapy (still rehabbing my poor arm), and yoga. I eat good food most of the time, all vegs and fruits and legumes. A bit of rice, but not much else. This can vary, depending on my day.

I like what I get when I do these things. I do an evening 10th Step because I need to be mindful of what I have been up to. I write letters quite often. I call 3 people every day during Covid because I miss people. I feed my cat and brush him. I find small ways of being of service in my neighborhood. I always pick up trash as I walk, especially on the beaches where I live. There is a lot of success in my life that may not be the kind others refer to, but it is the kind of success that I thrive on. I have long-term recovery from most of my addictions (lol), I am super healthy for my age and very active, my brain is functional, which is important to me, I am happy, I live a great life, I have friends I dearly love, I wake up every day excited to do whatever is in front of me. None of that existed. It is good.

We all have the possibility to look at our lives with love. I did not know that for a long time. I do today, and I am so blessed and want to keep getting what I am getting, so gonna keep doing what I am doing.

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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