February 16

HOPE MONTH: DAY 16: “Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed, God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that has been denied.”― Elif Shafak

Every time I think I have the perfect plan, the perfect man, or the perfect new idea, I am proven wrong by the universe. Something I did not even consider comes along and I get swept into the most wonderful adventure, seldom of my own making.

The things I fuss and fight to create are often not what I believed them to be. Not necessarily mistakes, since I know there is no such thing. Only greater learning opportunities. What unfolds naturally in my life without a great deal of plotting and conniving by me is always a better fit.

We get to do this thing as it unfolds, not as we dream it or create it in our minds. That is the seat of Ego and never going to be a spiritual path. The truth is that we only think we know what is right or wrong, good or bad, etc. And, of course, all thinking comes via Ego.

Most of the time, I find that when I practice deep gratitude for all of life, I am going to be content with what IS, as I should be, since fighting life is not at all conducive to happiness. As my good friend used to say every morning in a 7am meeting, “Grateful people are happy people, and them that ain’t, ain’t.” I love that quote; it informs my spirit. There are a tremendous amount of things that I never got, and that I truly believed I wanted/needed/must have. Obviously, again, thinking is not a good sport.

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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