October 20

DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 20: “The foundation of a strong self comes from small acts of daily discipline.”― Ophelia Filek

After many years with certain disciplines, it is uncomfortable when I do not participate in the things that I have habitually done.

Some days I have no time to write these pieces before I go and do something else. Or I have company and do not take the time away from the guest to do it, although I seldom do that. It only takes a few minutes, but there are days it just cannot happen. Same with my journaling and other things. I always meditate; cannot remember the last time I let that go. Or I do it at another time in a different setting.

I feel good about the ways that I do things that are conducive to my life being good. And I know I am off track a bit when I have to fight myself to do them.

Some people go to lots of meetings, or whatever discipline they have embraced. It is all a matter of preference and what works for each of us. Meetings don’t fill me spiritually these days like they once did, but I miss the faces of other addicts during this Covid thing. The online meetings do not work for me at all, so I have one-on-one meetings like they did in the old days of this thing. It works okay.

The true foundation of my recovery is now and always has been working the steps, myself and with others. They are what bring me to that psychic change I did not know about until I read that big blue book. And that is how I get there.

None of these pieces, or the other disciplines I regularly employ are sufficient to do the job alone, except those steps. The rest enhance and make enjoyable and happy the life I get when those steps clean up my life and my attitude; a real psychic change, and one I love more every day.

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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