November 3

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 3: “Close your eyes and listen. Listen to your soul, it is speaking to you, softly, lovingly. Be grateful for this moment and every moment for we don’t know when it may be our last. We must love as if it is our last moment to do so, with all we are, and be grateful!”― Jennifer D. Whipple

Today has become an intense Ego monster, all over the world; not just in this country. Stories abound about what drama can be created out of thin air. Fear and ugliness have become rampant.

We who are blessed to have a way of maintaining emotional stability, no matter what storms may brew around us, (for some folks, literally!), must learn to remain peaceful in the midst of Ego-created chaos. None of it truly matters. It is all a gigantic story.

That is why my gratitude practice is more important to me than ever before. Because I am not going to play in the mud and insanity of the drama, I am going off the grid for a couple of days to just BE…to be happy, joyous, and free. To go to one of my favorite beaches and camp. I do not use my phone, except in emergency, which I do not believe in. In order to be a true emergency, it must involve blood. No one calls me when they are bleeding out, so it will not ring. If I am, I don’t call you either. Haha!

I will spend a lot of time listening to the amazing surf and watching my friend play in the ocean like a dolphin. I will walk for miles and collect sand dollars and get sandy feet and listen to my soul, breathing in sync with the ocean…it is my greatest joy. I will remain grateful for the ability to stand apart from the dramas raging in the world and remember the days when I longed to learn how to do this. Today I know. I don’t participate in the insanity and it is never a part of my journey unless I make it so.

I will love my life and everything around me as if it were my last day and be SO grateful for the last moments, spending them in peace. I do this every day. I am the very best ME I have ever been and will ever be. What a great gift this life can be. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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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