June 28

HUMILITY MONTH: DAY 28: “Sometimes you have to get LOW—before you can go HIGH. Humility is the first step. You will reap the prosperity of your adversity.”― Jentezen Franklin

I love that phrase, “the prosperity of your adversity.” Isn’t that what recovery is all about? Except I do not believe that hitting a bottom and all the assorted crap we create in our lives while being asshole addicts is really “adversity.” It is just karma in my book. If we act like idiots, we reap all the shit we got coming.

But still, life can bring “adversity” to all of us. If we look at it that way. Which is why I like the phrase. Because if we quit seeing things as adverse, they become amazing gifts from a benevolent and generous Creator whom I most often call Universal Power.

Humility is such a funny word to work with. I have enjoyed this month of writing about it more than most. Probably because there are so many aspects to it. All of this is a gift. All of it. And we don’t get to choose what the gifts are most of the time. We all get surprised by what comes into our lives and we can get beat to shit by refusing it or resisting it, or we can roll with it and see where it leads. I am always happy when it fits into my particular plans, but the whole idea is to let the Universal Power surprise me every day and see how spiritually fit I am by how I accept or resist what life comes up with. And I can fight all I want, but then I get to work all the steps on that situation because it will bring me to another bottom if I do fight. That is the only wisdom I possess after all these years. Life just IS. Period. And these lovely battles we may get involved in are such a waste of energy and time. Yeah…total waste. And we get to learn that life just IS all over again. And we are here to live it, not fight it.

That is the shortcut to reaping prosperity without adversity.

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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