March 14

FAITH MONTH: DAY 14: “The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day.

Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”― Francis de Sales

This quote is an old standby. I love it because I truly believe the first and last sentences. When I am at peace, little or no suffering is happening. It is only when I live in Ego that I suffer. The middle sentence does not reflect a state of faith.

It reflects my demands for life to be different than it is. It reflects Ego beliefs that there is something wrong with how life is unfolding at this moment. That is never true. Life is life.

Ego is the thing that tells me there is some other way that it should be; that I should be given things that I want more than what I have. Ego tells me that my every whim and desire should be catered to by the Universal Power as if I am sitting on Santa’s lap.

Suffering always begins with Ego. Always. I am not sure I need unfailing strength to bear anything in life. I believe that I need only to accept it all. The so-called Serenity Prayer is more about knowing what is and what is not Ego. I love praying for “the wisdom to know the difference.” That is where my happy spot resides.

Today I know the difference. What a wonderful gift!

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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