October 31

DISCIPLINE MONTH: DAY 31: “We must rely upon discipline and patience to derive our most yearned desires from this world. Because there are few things we want that others can provide us, and those who can usually don’t.”― Daniel V Chappell

None of us can purchase good health. We can purchase better food if our resources are good, but I have eaten very well on very little money and grow nicer food in my gardens than I see in the markets in some cases.

None of us can buy peace of mind, although some of the things that we worry about might be financially driven. The problem there is not lack of resources so much as it is lack of faith that our needs will be met in miraculous ways. Not all our wants, but our needs. Happens to me more often than I could possibly keep track.

None of us can buy spiritual connection. It is much to be desired, but only comes as the result of getting all the ideas we have about safety and security and all out of our thoughts. These are not going to be a part of a spiritual life. Certainty is, most of the time.

The truth is always that what others can give us is empty unless we are filled with the spirit and acceptance of ourselves and our place in the Universe. If we do not love who we are and completely accept ourselves and the Universal Power that created us just like we are, we are going to chase a lot of rabbits down a lot of holes looking for love, peace, prosperity, spirituality, and all the other things that are not available through any means but those that come from within.

I cannot demand acceptance, respect, trust, love, honor, integrity, or any other thing that truly matters in this world from others. I must give it to myself from within me. This takes a lot of work. And a lot of discipline to untie the knots of my old ideas and throw them away.

The idea that I can get money from others, or love from others, or anything from others in any fashion is never going to give me the things my heart most desires; peace, joy, freedom, love, respect, honor, truth, trust, faith, or God. As we hear all the time, it truly IS an inside job.

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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