September 7

FREEDOM MONTH: DAY 7: “The only real battle in life is between hanging on and letting go.”― Shannon L. Alder

When I let life go, living loosely in this moment and then the next, I am free. It is only my demands, my expectations, and my refusal to live in continuous change that I get balled up. Fear comes in and I am in a state of discontent and disharmony with LIFE itself.

There is no way to be at peace when I am in that condition. This is the true test of recovery. How accepting am I of what is happening in the world and in my life? A continuous surrender to EVERYTHING…no matter how I feel about it.

Freedom for me is the ability to unconditionally let go and let life do life. I am a tiny little cog who wants to be in charge, which is totally ridiculous. Truth is, I am not at all interested in most of it…just what I think affects me. Really, NOTHING is my business, except what I do and do not DO in the world.

Step 9 is all about allowing life to go on and letting go of what I think about situations that arise. I have to move past my past and stop trying to control and manipulate what is not mine. That is the real deal here. Let ALL people off the hook and stay out of their lives except by invitation. Only then may I participate as they see fit. If I don’t want to do that, it is important that I know how and when to bow out. Real recovery depends on that. So does my peace. Then I can give peace to the world around me, rather than the crazy I used to create.

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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