July 29

PATIENCE MONTH: DAY 29: “Be patient when you have nothing, be polite when you have everything.”― Amit Kalantri

It would be nice if we did both when we have nothing or everything or something. That is the goal, isn’t it? Quiet acceptance of life is my goal. To be content with whatever IS can be the most attractive trait a person possesses.

I have met a few folks who had NO complaints about life on life’s terms. Their peaceful acceptance of things that were less than what they wanted or believed they needed in every situation was something of a marvel to me.

Being a “chronic malcontent” as stated in the BB, I see where acceptance, gratitude and patience are the antidotes to a good life and a happy life. It is NOT about getting what I want, but about being content with what IS. Not too many of us can do this, but I sure do admire those who can. They have truly mastered the spiritual principles of these steps. And THAT is what recovery is all about.

It ain’t ever going to be about abstinence from drugs and alcohol. It is ALWAYS going to be about a happy, quiet, and peaceful life walking on this spiritual path; thinking of others more often than ourselves. Doing what is right without telling anyone about it. And being at peace with all of life; no agendas, no arguments, no whining. What a great place to get to!

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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