April 19

HONESTY MONTH: DAY 19: “The most essential prerequisite to understanding is to be able to admit when you don’t understand something”― Richard Saul Wurman

How can we learn anything when we know everything? That is what I ask sponsees all the time. It is a very powerful question, is it not?

And I have yet to meet an addict who does not repeatedly tell me, “I know!” when we talk about what they are needing to do in their recovery. And I repeatedly tell them, “Recovery isn’t about what you KNOW. Recovery is about what you DO with what you know.”

So we must do what the Buddha suggests and develop a not-know mind. Be open, allow things to be new for you. Stop knowing. Let life teach you what you are here to learn. Do not repeat the same lessons over and over without getting the message. Make those changes that you know about and stop that Ego conversation.

We are here to look at what we do, not what we know. The longest mile in the world is from what we have learned (information) to what we DO with it…owning that information in our hearts and putting feet under it in action in our lives. Knowing means nothing.

I know what work is, but nothing happens until I DO it. And most addicts do NOT know that!

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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