May 25

INTEGRITY MONTH: DAY 25: “Your failure or success is nothing compared to your integrity throughout the process.”― Richelle E. Goodrich

In my book, there is no success if I have done anything along the way to compromise myself in any way. It is not possible to succeed otherwise.

At the end of my life, I will only feel that I have done anything worthwhile if I have been integral in each step of the things I do.

I can honestly say that there have been times in my life where I was less honest with myself than I am today. This process of whittling down the truth to the core of my heart has allowed for me to learn more and more what is true for me.

While that has gone on, I have allowed myself to be involved in relationships and do things that I will no longer do. The process of learning these things is the story of my life. Healing myself, with a great number of wonderful teachers (not one of whom wore a flowing white gown like I kept expecting!) has been the journey of recovery for me.

I was trained in the many arts of codependency and addiction when I began this particular journey and have changed so much in the ways that I allow people into and through my life. I am so much more integral to my heart than I was capable of being when it began. I am grateful beyond imagining for this learning and this healing and the integrity that it has brought to my life every day.

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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