August 19

COURAGE MONTH: DAY 19: “The most important experiences a man can have are those that take him to the very limit; that is the only way we learn, because it requires all our courage.”― Paulo Coelho

Recovery is not hard. It is new, different, unusual, and constantly fluctuating. These are not qualities that resonate with Ego.

In fact, Ego says to never change, to resist something unknown, to stay in the same rut forever. Those are all the properties of addiction, not life.

Life, in and of itself, is a rotational pull of force in the Universe with spinning helix(s) of energy moving so fast that there is nothing other than change, moving and spinning and constantly growing and shifting. It is the only movement ever created.

The idea of sitting in the same spot and resisting change is man-made, Ego-based thinking. Old ideas are made of this. Constantly moving from the past to the future, with no base set up in the present. It is the thing that destroys societies from the beginning of time.

Sitting still in the moment and doing what is right in front of us, and moving on and moving on and moving on is the way of the Spirit, the way of the Universal Power. We are here to adapt, to learn, to change, to grow; all the time, never ending.

This takes courage, because we are ALWAYS jumping off the next cliff and the next and stepping out into the unknown and unknowable. And that is where miracles live and where life meets us face to face, with our ultimate death the final place we get to.

Hiding from life is never going to work. Staying so busy spinning in circles and never really getting into the messiness and juiciness of life has no satisfaction in it. Serving others, serving the Power, serving the planet, these are the ways we grow and learn and shift and move into Spirit. Challenging Ego to die each moment into life…what a rush!

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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