December 5

LOVE MONTH: DAY 5: “The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being.”― Tom Robbins

We are all this to someone…perhaps to many someones. We are this to family when we are children, and most often, for life. Then to friends and others with whom we share time and life. Then to those whom we partner with, and then to the children we may have. And the cycle continues, on and on.

The sadness of our dysfunctional and often non-functional social order is that we have so many conditions and rules and broken forms of love being taught and learned and practiced and handed on for so many generations.

And that is where our culture has become so broken. We worship and adore things over souls. We worship and adore and spend our lives chasing status and money and possessions at the cost of those whom we claim to love. The connection that makes those persons dear, unique, and irreplaceable are broken and full of holes.

That is how the “highest function” becomes dysfunctional or completely non-functional. Wouldn’t it be lovely to achieve the purpose of Step 12, having a spiritual connection with that Power and then, with all that Power’s creations? This is the idea. To learn to not only function as humans again, but to learn how to live at the highest of all functioning. In a state of love that makes all life unique and irreplaceable, not just the small circle we embrace as “ours”.

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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