August 1

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 1: “It is better to find your courage to make changes when you can choose to rather than being forced to. If you do not make change, change will make you.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Hahaha…”Courage to change the things I can…” This is always the truth. And, for me, the most important part of the prayer.

I think it is misnamed “Serenity Prayer” because my experience has taught me that I will ONLY get that when I have the courage to change what is mine to change. A small piece indeed…my attitudes, my behaviors, and my thinking. When I do that, I am serene.

It will never be about waiting for life to change…it will, but probably NOT the way I think it should…trust me, this is a good thing, but I seldom see it that way! And others will never change to accommodate MY wishes, but I can change what I think about ALL of that. And then my attitudes will change and THEN my behaviors will change.

I CAN stay off your side of the street and keep up with my own. I am only “too busy” for that when I am busy minding your shit instead of mine. And, boy oh boy! Do I ever get pissed off about THAT. So, Steps 4-9…all about those kinds of changes. Or I will continue getting what I am getting by doing what I am doing. Ugh! Okay, okay…thanks for the reminder!

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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