November 21

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 21: “Love. Gratitude. Humility. Service.

Do these look familiar?  Combined, they are the recipe for happiness.”― Richelle E. Goodrich

These are a recipe all right. And one I love to use all day, every day. One of these is not possible without the other 3.

I cannot love if I am not practicing a deep gratitude practice. Nor can I love without humility and service. These must be physical aspects of my daily life in order for them to create one-another.

I cannot be grateful if there is no love in what I practice. Nor can true gratitude be expressed without humility and service.

These are a great path to happiness. The only one I have ever seen or found.  And all ingredients must be fully utilized in order to complete and create each of the other ingredients.

People misinterpret sex or dependence for love. Love does not buy me diamonds, but it can be grateful for my existence and that will create humility which can then become service. But no real service to life or others is possible without gratitude, love, and humility.

And service to life and the world is only possible with those ingredients as well. Taking care of our family members is not true service. Giving at a level of truly letting go of our things and our time is service. Not cleaning our home or cooking a meal, although we all know the difference when someone does it out of love or when they do it with resentment, anger, and martyrdom.

There is no happiness until we truly know how to serve, life, the world, other people, those who cannot and will not reciprocate in any way; those who do not know of our service are the ones who are truly served. That requires a deep heart space that is not accessible when living in Ego. It requires a certain amount of judicial sacrifice of self. And most people have never known this kind of service and probably never will. They truly do not have all the essential ingredients required for happiness in this life.

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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