August 3

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 3: “Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.”― Earl Wilson

I remember being terrified for so many years of my life. I had to ask the universe for courage all the time. It is part of the life I have led. It is a big part of how my brain works after so many years of living in traumatic circumstances and surviving.

I will tell anyone I know that the greatest act of courage is to get out of bed each day. And I do that only AFTER I have written my gratitude list, journaled, and meditated. This was not always the case, but these things allow me to get out of bed with a peaceful heart and an easy mind. I need that. I have learned how to walk in the world with that. I don’t talk a lot about my fears, but without them, there is NO courage.

We are not born brave or courageous, we are made that way by learning that there is ALWAYS something greater than we are. That we are always held in love, no matter what the circumstances are. I live freely today because I have met all the boogey men and survived them. It has all been done and said and I am still standing. And as Dr. Paul says, everything happens for a purpose…everything.

When I used to hitchhike around the country and all over the world, people always asked me if I was afraid. I would tell them that I truly believed that only kind people would pick me up and give me rides where they were going. Once I was terrified. I got dropped off by someone in Montana at about 2:00 am. It was DARK! They were going into Billings, I think. It is miles off the highway, so I chose to stay on the highway for another ride. So dark! And no one could see me unless I ran out onto the road to get their attention. Bears…moose…I knew they were out there. And no lights or fences on this highway…I got a ride and never had that level of fear again while hitchhiking. And I learned that sometimes a detour off the highway is a better idea. Now I look for detours because they teach me also.

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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