June 7

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 7: “This character strength is a quiet one. Those who are modest let their accomplishments speak for themselves. They do not seek the spotlight. They do not toot their own horns. They acknowledge mistakes and imperfections. They do not take undue credit for their accomplishments, instead regarding themselves as fortunate to be in a position where something good has happened to them.”― Christopher Peterson

Isn’t that a lovely one? I think so. I am really drawn to humility, probably because it is not a trait I have great familiarity with.

I recognize it in a couple of people I have known. Not many. Addicts are not well-versed in humility. My only recognition of being humble is that I KNOW, beyond any measure, that I do not remain spiritually fit of my own volition.

I may have worked like crazy and done everything I could find, and then some, to remain abstinent from drugs and alcohol. That is a great motivator, coming from whence I came.

However, I do not take any credit for even having the idea of recovery at any point in time. It was so totally unexpected in my life that I am still in awe. It is all such a beautiful and unwarranted gift that I do not, for even a moment, take any credit. And I have been doubly blessed, I believe, because I KNOW that every single addict I have had the benefit to work with has taught me, again and again, that there is no escape from this ISM.

It is always alive and kicking, lives and thrives with Ego, and never loses an opportunity to destroy everything good and fine in my life. That is the best of all I have to offer. The rest is all Grace, and I am always humbled by how that continues to unfold in my life.

But this quote guides me to that place where even these things are not as humble as I wish to be…work is always there to be done. I am never still with this process. It grows or I go.

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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