March 18

FAITH MONTH: DAY 18: “For he who loves God without faith reflects on himself, while the person who loves God in faith reflects on God.”― Søren Kierkegaard

Again, this reminds us of the battle we are always engaged in: Ego vs. Spirit. I have such a blessed day in front of me today. A great friend of mine has about 100 of his friends call and text me to wish me a happy 35th today. They are all over the world. The last gentleman is in Holland and made sure to call me after the time here was appropriate. How beautiful is that?

They sing the song I learned from my very first recovery anniversary. My sponsor Allene and her husband, whom I called Pop-pop sang it at 5:30 am every year until they were both gone. I miss that, but I get a phone list from my friend and get to call all of these same people on their anniversaries and sing it to them. What a great way to keep me in my right size! I love this fellowship of people who have known of me and about me for all these years.

I have had the fabulous opportunity to meet many of these members when I travel. I used to do it a lot, but have slowed down over the last few years and completely since last year. I look forward to meeting some of the newer members as time goes by. My first call was from a gentleman with 57 years who sang the official song from San Marino. He is a gem. I am blessed to have this amazing family in my life.

My favorite is always my friend who starts all this mischief, along with my sponsor. They truly embody the recovery from the early days and teach me how it all works. My sponsor sent me a card this year that made me cry…she says I feed her soul. Isn’t that beautiful?

Not drinking or using is so far from the point of all of this. It is the connection with the people who are doing this thing, really doing this thing. And the way that we can extend ourselves beyond the zone of self. I love that! I will certainly keep coming back!

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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