February 19:

HOPE MONTH: DAY 19: “In the midst of winter, I find within me the invisible summer…”― Leo Tolstoy

This quote has been a favorite for a very long time. I am a gardener. I am planting all my late Spring and early Summer flowers and groceries now. Spring flowers are already here…it IS California, thank goodness, and I have lots of early veggies too.

I do not care for dark winter days, don’t like being cold or any of that. Which is why I live where I do. It is a choice I make over other places that are cold. Once the holidays are over, I long for sunshine and warm weather. It is how I am built. So I know it is coming and I do all I can to be happy with what IS.

Funny thing is that the sunshine is much more prevalent during this time of year where I live than it is in the summer. We have coastal fog nearly all summer and I get little or no sunshine. My gardens are very different than they used to be. But I am an eternally hopeful person… I celebrate every day of sunshine I get and let the weather be what it is. Many of my flowers grow because I have adapted to the climate here. That is all we can do. Make choices that are in alignment with our spirits and then align ourselves with how it truly IS. And celebrate all of it as best we can!

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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