February 17

HOPE MONTH: DAY 17: “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”― Martin Luther King, Jr

One of the great blessings of my life is to have watched and participated in the world around the time of this man and several others. To see their dedication to the causes they espoused and never, ever give up. It created what I still believe are the right kind of heroes.

There have been quite a few of them in my lifetime. Dedicated and devoted to something greater than themselves. And to spreading the message that hope is the key that will drive something forward to become alive with momentum and meaning.

That is what has happened for so many people in recovery. This hope this is powerful and moving onward. Not everyone espouses the way of 12 steps, but I see the difference in their lives and mine. Many addicts believe the meetings are the source of their spiritual connection. That is not my journey. I love the one-on-one work of the steps and that is my message, although meetings are where I can hang with others of my tribe. But there is much, much more.

I will always be that way. I will carry that to my grave if I continue to practice these principles on a daily basis for the rest of that time. It is the vitality that inspires me every single day to wake up and do this and everything else that I do. I feel so absolutely blessed that this is how it is…

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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