December 17

LOVE MONTH: DAY 17: “But love is always new. Regardless of whether we love once, twice, or a dozen times in our life, we always face a brand-new situation. Love can consign us to hell or to paradise, but it always takes us somewhere. We simply have to accept it because it is what nourishes our existence. If we reject it, we die of hunger, because we lack the courage to stretch out a hand and pluck the fruit from the branches of the tree of life. We have to take love where we find it, even if that means hours, days, weeks of disappointment and sadness. The moment we begin to seek love, love begins to seek us. And to save us.”― Paulo Coelho

I love the idea that love seeks us when we seek love. That happens, not in the romantic sense we think of, because we are programmed by TV and movies to believe that romantic love and coupling is the only way love works.

On a MUCH larger scale, globally and universally, love is that spiritual essence within us that heals and attracts further healing in the name of whatever deity you select. I use Universal Power most of the time. When Power calls my heart, I begin to seek opportunities to love and love begins to seek me. This can happen in so many different ways!

Most of the time, being who I am, a recovering addict or sometimes even a practicing one, will come into my experience in a new way. That is love. Someone I know is facing a challenge and needs to work through their “stuff”. That is love.

I need some guidance and reach out in a new way to another person. That is love. Love lives in the healing of our hearts and minds in a million new ways. When I set a healthy boundary with someone, that is really love. When I eat a good meal for lunch, that is love. There are so many ways to give and receive love. I can love more than once, twice, or even a dozen times in my life. Every relationship will give me a sense of loving and being loved. That is what we are called to do.

The more powerfully I work on my spiritual condition, the more love I can accept and give in my life. It is first of all going to come from myself, and then from the Universe in powerful ways I can never guess. It is seldom going to be a romantic thing. At least that is my experience in this thing so far.

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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