August 12

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 12: “I am not a courageous person by nature. I have simply discovered that, at certain key moments in this life, you must find courage in yourself, in order to move forward and live. It is like a muscle and it must be exercised, first a little, and then more and more. All the really exciting things possible during the course of a lifetime require a little more courage than we currently have. A deep breath and a leap.”― John Patrick Shanley

I have found that courage and faith are partners in my life. I get them when I need them, not a moment before. I have to “pretend” to have them both quite often. Not as much today as when I began this journey.

I walk off cliffs often, it seems, at least in the early days. I never felt brave or filled with faith. I just had to “pretend” that I did. Outcomes proved me right, every time. Even when I did not appear to be succeeding, I did.

There is no failure in my way of thinking. We always achieve something in every decision or choice we make. I learn, I grow, and I continue to evolve through never sitting still and never resting on my previous decisions and choices.

I have to rechoose all the time, sometimes changing what did work before for a new way of being or living. That is how life unfolds. Never made a mistake. Not once. Never had a regret, not one. That is how I know I am working this thing. Whatever the Universal Power puts into my life is there for my benefit. I learn or I learn. At my pace because that is how we walk this thing. At the pace where our growth is formed. What a beautiful world we live in doing this thing, as long as we are doing it and not phoning it in.

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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