July 1

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 1: “Patience is where we choose to enjoy the view instead of run off the cliff.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Hahahaha…love that! I am so inclined to run off cliffs. Patience is not my strong suit, for sure. No one with an ego is.

And Step 7 is all about allowing that Universal Power to do the work. We may list our character defects, and ask (however humbly) that they be removed, but we will be given SO many opportunities to practice new and different ways of responding to life, instead of reacting to it in our very well-practiced old behaviors, all stemming from self-centered fear.

I love Step 7 in the 12×12! It talks about all of that. It truly does describe addicts in ways that are significant and powerful. Our drive to self-centered fulfillment is the road to destruction we are on. And learning to be patient with life and its unfolding in God’s way, not ours, is so important.

I really believed when I got here, that I would have all this stuff just magically vacuumed out of me. Yeah, I did. Still surprises me how deeply I believed in the promises of these steps. I still do. However, what I got, almost immediately, was an opportunity to participate in a VERY damaging old behavior with someone I really wanted to participate with. I chose not to and was devastated that I could not play. It was a BIG turning point for me. I cried for days and thought my little heart was going to explode. It did not and I got the message that I was not in charge of when or how these things get removed, but that it was all up to the Power to take care of me here also. Oh!

I get to stop doing things as I become aware that they are defects, rather than assets. Oh! And the freedom is mine…and the good life is mine. And I seldom need to run off those cliffs. What a relief!

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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