January 25

ACCEPTANCE MONTH: DAY 25: “You cannot be fair to others without first being fair to yourself.

Know that a well-honed sense of justice is a measure of personal experience, and all experience is a measure of self.

Know that the highest expression of justice is mercy.

Thus, as the supreme judge in your own court, you must have compassion for yourself.

Otherwise, cede your gavel.”― Vera Nazarian

None of us is any worse than any other. The truth is this; there is no level of acceptance, which is (to my way of thinking) a great deal more all-encompassing than the notion of forgiveness. To be forgiven, we are first judged and found guilty. That is no ones’ position to take in this world, although many people believe in it.

I cannot. If I be a saint, then all people be saints. If I be a sinner, then all of us are sinners. I do not believe or subscribe to either label. I do not seek justice, nor do I seek forgiveness. I have already received mercy. And I did nothing to earn or merit that by anyone or from anyone, including myself. Ego is the only part of me that fights this truth. The only part. Ego is the judge. It has no place in my life because it has no right or reason to judge. I am not qualified, nor am I capable of such a thing.

To judge another or myself is beyond my human scope. Since I have been graced by mercy and acceptance at the highest level, who the f—k can judge me after that? No mortal on this planet, that is for sure! This is such a vast relief. And the only way we can build a life centered on the spirit is to grasp this fully and completely. Otherwise Ego is running the show.

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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