March 17

FAITH MONTH: DAY 17: “Mura bhfuil creideamh i do chroí, ní féidir aon ní.” Translation: “Without faith in your heart, you can do nothing.” – Old Irish saying.

Isn’t that a pretty bit of Leprechaun language…not sure what the difference between Irish Gaelic and what the Scottish speak, but I think it is all the same. I just love the way it sounds. Speaks to my Celtic soul.

This year, for the first time, I was told of my true lineage. It is different than I was brought up to believe, possibly. Hard to say. The details are a bit muddied since I was adopted over 66 years ago. Been an Irish lass all my life…Patricia Kelleen Mary Margaret McClanahan. Hard to let go of that handle. So I have always celebrated this day with the best of them.

Ironically, since I have also a great deal of irony in my life, I went into a detox facility on this day in 1986, where I not only began this wonderful journey of 35 years, but also met the man who would be my husband 14 years later. We did not get together until 1998, in a strange combination of magic and love that is another part of my wonderful life.

I might be Scottish or Welsh instead of Irish…DNA is only certain of Celtic blood by 96%. And the people I met this year, who are relatives, say it is both Scottish and Irish, so who knows for sure? Just another interesting twist in my life. I love a good twist, don’t you?

However, keeping the name and all the good stories…still love the sound of Gaelic…tried to learn it once. Geez! My brain is too old for that. But my life is wonderful, and my heart is filled with faith…it has always been. I am grateful and happy for the life that has happened for me here these last 35 years. Tomorrow is the day I celebrate, because I was certainly not interested in stopping drugs and alcohol; and in fact, did not until the 18th. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to the Irish in ya, and all of you who want to be Irish today.

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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