July 15

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 15: “In rehabilitation there is no elevator. You have to take every step meaning one step at a time.”― Joerg Teichmann

Not sure, but this sounds like the kind of recovery we are talking about. Although I have done other kinds of Rehab as well. It took over a year to rehab my left arm recently. I tore the bicep off the shoulder connector in Feb., just before Covid, so I could not get in to see a PT for about 5 months. My muscle had healed, but the shoulder was frozen, because I had been afraid to use it and the pain was intense.

So that was a slow recovery also. But I am persistent and it is fine now. Full use and gaining strength every day. Same happened when I broke my neck. I do all the things doctors told me I would never be able to do. I am determined when it comes to all forms of recovery.

And I have to have patience with my progress, more so all the time now as I age. Not a huge fan of the process of my body wearing down and failing me in ways I had not anticipated, but I am determined to do as much as possible to regain full use and retain flexibility, both of which are all about patience.

I have come a long way from that newcomer who could not believe that people were still so f—-d up after many years of recovery. I see now what we all get to learn, that life throws what it will at us and we get to apply spiritual principles. One way or the other. Not everyone jumps right into that space. I got a great example today.

I have to process a lot of paperwork for some of the service commitments I am involved in. I have done it over and over for many, many years. It is a tedious task, but I just do it right away and move on. There are others who piss and moan about it and procrastinate because they have a whiney story about how big a burden it is to do the paperwork. I just do it. Nike shit there…love it…Just Do It. Makes life so much easier. While others are whining and crying about it, mine is already done and I have moved on to other things that sparkle in my day. We all have a choice about HOW we do this stuff. Fight and moan and cry or just get it f—–ng done! Life is good where I sit!

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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