July 2

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 2: “Big things happen because you do a lot of small things supremely well and they compound over time.”― Jim Collins

We may wish for outcomes immediately after doing even the most minimal amounts of work. That is not how the universe operates. Life does not reward our every move. Interesting to me how many of the same people who begged for getting off the hook time after time want instantaneous rewards for doing the right thing just once.

Interesting. And it happens all the time around recovery settings. Geez! I wish I had a dollar for every time an addict said to me, “But I have changed. Life should be better now.” Usually in the first week after they detox.

It is the combined, consistent effort we make, day after day, not just abstaining but WORKING on our lives to fulfill the path that is laid out for us that leads to good things. Many of them, but not at our demand and not on our timeline.

I remember my sponsor telling me one time, “God is never late.” And I replied to her, “Yeah, but God is never early either.” It is my job to align myself with the will of God, not keep trying to bend it to my specifications. This is a very long process, no matter what. We are here for the rest of our lives, so best to cool out for a bit and keep moving your feet. As my sponsor always told me, “Do the next indicated thing.” Oh yeah!

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.

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s