July 7

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 7: “Patience compels me to adjust my stride to the cadence of life, not the pace of my greed.”― Craig D. Lounsbrough

This quote surprises me, because I see other personality shortcomings in impatience, but we ALWAYS need to adjust to the cadence of life, no matter the defects of character at play.

Good quote, too. I know we all need to be reminded when we are operating in self-centered fear, which is the foundation of all of it. I love that part of Step 7 in the 12×12. So profound an understanding of who and what we are when in Ego.

I was taught the term “PAGGLES” when I was new. These are the 7 deadly sins…Pride, Anger, Greed, Gluttony, Lust, Envy, and Sloth. Love that. I have never forgotten them since that day. They are all applicable when considering how impatience becomes problematic in my life. All roads lead to this being all about patience.

I have even been impatient with the removal of my character defects. Really???! Yeah. I don’t want to have to clean up messes any longer, and seem to have the idea that if only they were all removed, I would be a nicer version of me. Heehee…not how this thing works.

But the quote is great, because I get to see, once again, how responsible I must be to continue to not behave like an asshat, self-centeredness is definitely a problem for this addict. Ugh!

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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