February 24

HOPE MONTH: DAY 24: “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”― Christopher Reeve

Wow…thanks Superman! I am what I named a skeptical optimist. I always want the good to happen, and yet have doubt that is right there all the time.

This, I think is the presence of both Ego and Spirit. I believe our challenge in this world is to allow Spirit to superimpose itself on Ego and win the day. In situations such as the one that faced Mr. Reeve it is easy to see how Ego gets demolished when he was crippled to such an extreme degree.

And his spirit was so strong and mighty…not that he never had doubts, but he was such a great example of true heroism in the face of severe adversity. And I personally love a good hero such as this.

Inspires so many of us to work to overcome our puny little shit, doesn’t it? I believe that is why we have to focus on these ideals rather than our own stuff. Our stuff becomes so inconsequential when we do.

And in overcoming our own trials and tribulations, many of which are completely made up and live nowhere but in our minds, we become stronger and better advocates for recovery. That is what inspires newer members to face their lives and clean them up, to reframe their challenges as gifts, and to recover their sense of Spirit.

Hope is a wonderful gift that keeps us moving forward, rather than falling back into the morass of self-pity and self-centered fear that we come here with. It may return, but we can keep overcoming it, one day at a time.

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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