February 7

HOPE MONTH: DAY 7: “You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drown in its monstrosity.”― Alysha Speer

The last part of this quote is very dramatic. Not one of us has ever drowned in the monstrosity of a wave, although I once lost the bottom of a bathing suit in Balboa at the Wedge. Hahaha! And I was 16, so it was a HUGE drama…lol…and I thought I was going to drown, but as usual, I did not.

Ego loves drama. LOVES DRAMA. And has a story to tell about life that is always the worst or the best. No middle-of-the-road, just life as it comes for Ego. That is why it is so dangerous. It tells us that every bump we hit is a catastrophe. There is a mental illness indicator that is called “catastrophizing”. It is one tool of a disturbed mentality. That is why therapists go crazy in a 12-step meeting…SO many future clients to choose from.

And the truth is that we almost always have what we need to navigate all of life. That is the deal here. Anything we need is provided AS WE NAVIGATE LIFE. There is no insurance policy or armor that will keep us SAFE from life. There is no such thing. Safe is a word Ego made up. It does not exist. The closest thing we can find to being safe is dead. Nothing can hurt us then either.

So let go of controlling your life and get off your butt and go LIVE it. That is the best way to learn to surf!

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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