Gratitude is a Gift We Give Ourselves

15 November 2016 Written by 

Thanksgiving Gratitude Brings Serenity No Matter What: This Thanksgiving people will be gathered around their tables with friends and family. They may even go around the table and find something they are thankful for. This is a lovely tradition, but it will revolutionize a life when you learn to do it on a daily basis.

Some days it seems there is nothing to be grateful for. The washer breaks, the dinner burns, the weather is not to our liking, or our loved one has relapsed. We can easily fall into feeling grumpy and unsatisfied. We may even feel forgotten and unloved. I have a secret weapon for such times.

What I do on days like this is to be intentionally grateful. For some reason this simple act transforms my day and me.

I am no longer a victim being kicked around by life. I am a pilgrim looking for the next right thing to do. My day is no longer a forgotten messed up tragedy; it becomes the result of a loving Higher Power who has everything under control.

It is amazing the power of stopping in my day and being grateful.

  • Suddenly the sky is not so gray
  • There is a songbird singing
  • Life becomes easier and the only thing that changed was my attitude of gratitude

While this Thanksgiving may have its hiccups and tense moments I suggest we all find five things we are truly grateful for and meditate on them for one minute per gratitude. Not a lot, but watch how you will suddenly see more and more things that are going right.  

When families live with the disease of addiction it is so easy to be overcome by despair and hopelessness. The Book One Day at a Time in Al-Anon page 126 reminds us:

“I have much more to be grateful for than I realize. Too often I don’t remember to give thought to all the things in my life that I could enjoy and appreciate. Perhaps I don’t take time for this important mediation because I’m too preoccupied with my woes. I allow my mind to keep filled with grievances, and the more I think of them, the bigger them loom. Instead of surrendering to God and His goodness, I let myself be controlled by the negative thinking into which my thoughts are apt to stray unless I guide them firmly into bright paths.”

Let this Thanksgiving Holiday be the beginning of a new daily tradition where seeking out the good becomes our daily routine.  The bad will always be there, but don’t allow it to outshine our gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

For further readings: 3 Ways to Feel Good On Thanksgiving No Matter What

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Reach Out Recovery Exclusive By: Nadine Knapp

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Nadine Knapp

I was born into a large Catholic Family of 14 children in Upstate New York. I graduated with my degree in Professional and Technical Writing from University of South Florida. My recovery story began when I witnessed addiction in close  relatives and friends. Unable to change them I began to focus on what I could change, me. Building a support system for myself I now strive daily to keep the focus on me. In my articles I sometimes share stories from my own experience, strength, and hope. It is my hope that others will find courage to see "the elephant in the room" and seek out help for themselves against this cunning,baffling,and powerful disease.
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