June 17

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 17: “Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is the first duty and the highest virtue of the creature, and the root of every virtue. And so pride, or the loss of this humility, is the root of every sin and evil.”― Andrew Murray

This is a great definition of humility. I see that there is little left to define or seek when I find a complete definition of a spiritual principle.

Not sure about anyone else, but I am an “angle-shooter” and always have been. I immediately started out this journey looking for loopholes in this thing. I wanted to be sure I could escape notice, if at all possible. I wanted to know if there were any holes in these principles or these steps.

I still have never found any. At one time, I kept a list of possible reasons why using and drinking would be okay for me. It is long gone and forgotten. That is a great piece of news. I wanted an out then. Today I would not drink or use if it were possible. I would never benefit the way I do when I work another step and get more insight into this thing.

I just did some pretty deep work on old ideas and beliefs. That is always beneficial, because I get to see where I need to adjust, yet again, my life and philosophy on how to be the best Kelly I can. Understanding is a great step for me. I cannot just wish away these character defects, and the Universe has yet to just vacuum them away from me.
What I have learned over these many, many times of working through this stuff is that I don’t need them any longer. There is always more to know and to learn. I don’t trust those who aren’t actively working these steps. They are “angle-shooters” too, 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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