February 15

HOPE MONTH: DAY 15: “I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”― Barack Obama

Yeah, that is what I am talking about here. That little spark of flame in us that keeps us waking up each morning, no matter how bad the night before may seem. That impels us forward, even when Ego screams that all is lost.

We all have that. And we come here to this recovery thing, without answers (if we have truly smashed Ego, which is the greatest miracle of all), and we find that others have done some things that are incredibly exciting.

We begin to breathe in that environment. To feel possibility inside us, to hope. I love that! Always have, always will. Perhaps this is why we stick around. The sad part is that so few hear the message that there is an incredible amount of work that needs to be done to truly free us from addiction and keep Ego out of the picture. So few do this work, and therefor do not carry the message of what REAL recovery is all about. But hope springs eternal, as the saying goes. I never, ever give up on anyone. And I tell everyone I meet that I carry a pocketful of hope for them. I have many pockets.

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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