September 13

FREEDOM MONTH: DAY 13: “My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”― Adlai E. Stevenson

The world right now is very tumultuous. In my memory, I do not remember a time when there were so many angry people. Perhaps it is a world of pervasive fear. That engages Ego, which tells the story to us that we have to fight.

When I peacefully accept life, I am resistant to nothing. Without resistance, there is no anger, no fight. I know that resistance is what causes me pain, so have learned to accept what IS. A great learning for me because I fought everybody and everything. I was shocked when I read in the BB that we “stopped fighting everything and everyone.” Oh!

Who knew it would bring me so much joy and happiness to let go of opinions and just learn to live with what IS. Okay. That is a wonderful freedom. Acceptance. It is the key to everything and the best piece of writing in the BB, in my opinion. I read it every day. And I am the happiest person I know. How that happens, for me, is that I then write a gratitude letter, especially for those things I am struggling to accept.

It is a better world, a safer world, when we can all just be who and what we are and no one has the idea of it not being okay. That is truly freedom. A beautiful idea to work toward.

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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