March 25

FAITH MONTH: DAY 25: “Gifts of grace come to all of us. But we must be ready to see and willing to receive these gifts. It will require a kind of sacrifice, the sacrifice of believing that, however painful our losses, life can still be good — good in a different way than before, but nevertheless good.” ― Jerry Sittser

Life is good…all the time. We are the only creatures with Ego to tell us there is trouble, there are problems, there is something or someone I don’t like, and it is making me miserable.

And I say, you are looking at all the wrong stuff. What happened to gratitude? What happened to focusing our attention on what works, the beauty of the world around you, and why oh why are you picking apart your blessed life to make it shitty?

I do not believe in losses. Really. Nothing is guaranteed in the first place. If I am graced, as I was, with a beautiful relationship with a young woman who was an adopted daughter for me, and she dies, is that a loss? NO! If I am graced with an amazing relationship with a man who changed everything in my life; and I was, and he dies, is that a loss? NO! If I am blessed to have a great career, lots of money in the bank, a beautiful home (or 70+ of them), great skin, a rocking shape, a brilliant mind, wonderful pets, fun and wonderful friends, AND I WAS, and they are gone now, is that a loss? NO!!!

Why on earth would we get the idea that these things will never leave us? They WILL! I promise. What the problem is that we are seldom grateful enough to truly love and appreciate them while they are here. We are impatient and looking down the road for the next great thing…never sitting in gratitude with life as it is right now. Tough shit cookie! Get back into singing the praises of the most benevolent and beautiful Grace that gives you the gift of another breath and move on from that to all the things you have that are the very best you may ever know. Sit there every day and life will be amazing and wonderful…because it IS!!!! You are welcome.

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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