November 3

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 3: “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca

This is my life today. Has been my life for quite a few years, but I find it more deeply becomes who I am and how it feels each day. I am grateful for this place of peace.

It is all because of my gratitude practice. I truly believe that I have transformed my ego-driven thinking through the daily practice of seeing the beauty and light that resides in my life, and not what is missing. As we get older and age takes things away from us, it is sometimes a challenge to not focus on what is leaving.

We addicts are certainly built that way. We see only what is not happening, what we are not getting, what is not in our lives, etc. That focus makes us the “chronic malcontents” spoken of in the BB. I am so happy that I know that is the nature of my isms.

This is the antidote for chronic addiction and misery. And so terribly simple. And free. The only expense I have for this intervention is my insistence on using purple pens, and really nice ones. So, that is my entire cost, except for the notebooks I use to list my gratitude each day. Paper and pens and 15-20 minutes a day. Longer if I am really feeling the writing…sometimes I do 60 items instead of 30. Those are great days!

Being in this moment is easier with a gratitude practice. Funny, but it is quite a thing in today’s culture. People talk about it all the time. Some of us older folks have done it long enough for the research to really show all its benefits.

All I know is that I am happy. My focus is on the beauty and wonder of this world. I take my eyes and my time off those things over which I have no power (the entire world!) and look at the gifts I can enjoy and share today. I am rich and abundant and in the flow! There is so much that I get excited and happy and stay that way all day!

And truthfully, that is really what the drinking and the drugs were all about. Today I have attained the things that I drank and used drugs to receive. It is good and it is rich and I love it so much I just want to do this over and over and over…woohoo!

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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