July 24

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 24: “If justice is what love sounds like when it speaks in public, then patience is what mercy sounds like out loud, and forgiveness is the accent with which grace speaks.”― Michael Eric Dyson

I love the idea of patience being “what mercy sounds like out loud.” Beautiful. I think of those who can sit with children and display infinite patience with them. It is so harsh to observe parents who lose their patience with their children, and I am sure that we all do at some point, but it is harsh, nonetheless.

Abuse looks like impatience for me. Demands that we be other than we are in the world is abuse. The lack of generosity of spirit that we experience when people are not pleased with what or how we do something (or anything) is painful.

What a lovely idea that we can extend mercy to others in life. It is what we get when we are able to achieve recovery. Not necessarily from other people, but from Universal Power. That is the gift of grace. That we are not judged for our horrible behaviors during addiction, but that we are given the mercy of a new start on life. And for most of us, a new life entirely!

I can easily remember times when others showed merciful patience with me, and I can readily recall the same with those who did not. It is an important lesson for me, once again, of the way I want to be remembered and how I want to walk in this world. Beautiful!

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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