June 11

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 11: “We need to admit that we can’t get through even the challenges of today–much less the problems that lie ahead–without some outside intervention.”― Lee Strobel

This is SO true! I am so convinced that I am not the greatest resource in my life. That has been more than proven to me…by ME. I got here knowing that I was not the arbiter of my own well-being and that I am best off when letting life be life and recognizing my very small part in that.

Life is a never-ending source of eye-opening and enlightenment for me. I learn so much in any given day that I am always astonished at the end of that day. I lay in bed at night and go over the events of even the simplest of days and think…”Wow! I am having this great life.” I once had a friend whose father used to always say, “Wonder what the poor folks are doing tonight.”

We would be gathered doing something very common place, but he always saw the magic and beauty of even the simplest things in life. He was a good example. He had gone from having millions, a booming business he had built for himself, with a beautiful family and loads of friends, but lost everything and had to move from a very beautiful estate in Pacific Palisades to a modest condo in Temecula. I loved him and the lessons he imparted. This was during my early recovery and he was one of the most joyous men I ever met. Thanks Max!

Life is an unpredictable event. There is no sort of control we can exert to guarantee anything. I watch people who strive to make their money work for them and to be sure they are never in want of anything, only to lose the things that money cannot buy. And when control doesn’t work, they become bitter and resentful…angry at life. Yikes! We are here as guests of a beautiful world, without any real say in how things unfold. How we navigate that uncontrollable time is the test. Not how much we amass, but how much we share and give to others, how much we respect our roles as guests, never leaders, never on top of, but always guests. That will give us humility, I know.

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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