February 21

HOPE MONTH: DAY 21: “We never know when our last day on earth will be. So, love with full sincerity, believe with true faith, and hope with all your might. Better to have lived in truth and discovered life, than to have lived half-heartedly and died long before you ever ceased breathing. ”― Cristina Marrero

We tend to lose hope rather quickly. If something does not go our way, we are certain doom and despair are the only path coming to us. (Remember the song on “HeeHaw”? Now try to forget it…)

Drama is the tool of Ego. We are so dramatic about situations with which we struggle. I always knew if I left an uncomfortable situation, I was going to explode in horrible ways almost instantly. SO dramatic! Life is always all a gift of Universal Power. All of it. We can change our comfort levels whenever we want, but we might be uncomfortable because there is something important that we are not dealing with in a situation or within us.

Just breathe and live…and put life into proper perspective before jumping off any cliffs. I tell my sponsees (and myself, quite often) to go and sit on a cloud with the angels and see a bigger picture than the one I am looking at. Chuck C. talked about how we hold our itty-bitty troubles (or even larger ones) right up in front of our noses and focus all our attention on only that. Doing so blocks all possibility of seeing what else is happening around the situation and around us. It blocks out the magnificence of this beautiful planet and all things wonderful in our lives. No perspective there AT ALL.

So we can gain perspective by backing off from all of it and sitting in a new space to get a new perspective. Then we can talk with someone who gets it, or we can write and allow the universe to bring resolution. It will always take more time than we like, but that IS life, isn’t it? Hope will be with you in the next moment, and if you don’t feel it, you can borrow mine any time. It truly works like that.

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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