August 14

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 14: “This world demands the qualities of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the life of ease.”― Robert F. Kennedy

We all age…and, as we do, some of us lose the zest for life we once had. We become depressed in ways that have nothing to do with the mental condition of “depressed.”

Our appetite(s) for life become depressed, suppressed if you will. We lose interest and excitement about what is going on for us and with us and around us. You can see this in people who are in long-term relationships that have gone somewhat if not completely dormant. Very sad. Long-term jobs where the employer and the employee have lost their enthusiasm for what they do and how they do it. Again, very sad.

This is why when something shakes up the dynamic, they are unprepared for responding to the situation. That happened for a lot of people in Covid. They took their lives and all that they did for granted, never being mindful of the incredible miracles of their day-to-day existence and then feeling angry and resentful when it was interrupted.

The world is not here to satisfy our demands for anything. It is all a gift…every single minute of it. And we forget and grow complacent and bored by the routines of our lives. I believe Universal Power steps in from time to time to say, “Hey! Pay attention! All of this amazing life is given to you and you do nothing with it and take no time out to appreciate any of it!”

So, courage means to wake up and DO something about how wonderful and amazing and miraculous your life is, right here, right now…or shut the f—k up when it changes in ways that you cannot control and you find, too late, that it was so beautiful before and you missed the damned point.

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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