November 21

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 21: “Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” ― W.T. Purkiser

I may talk about gratitude when it comes up in a meeting; but the real measure of how that works in my life is the changes I make in my attitude and how I see my life.

Writing is going to change me. Nothing else will do that. Talking about change is not change. It is just talking.

I may talk about getting loaded, but it won’t get me high. I may talk about drinking, but that won’t get me drunk. Talking about anything doesn’t make it so.

I can sit in meetings all day and talk about gratitude, but my experience of this thing is that when I do the work, my life gets amazing!

I have had so many wonderful synchronistic moments in this last week that I am moved to tears. Life has given me so many blessings and gifts. It never occurs to me that what we do flows out and comes back with double the love. But it does!

And saying we are grateful does not go very far…walking in gratitude and that condition of unconditional love is the only way it manifests. If I do what I do to receive awards or kudos, it takes everything away from my work.

When I do it because I love it and expect nothing back, the gifts are tremendous! And I cannot second-guess the Universe where love is flowing. I cannot direct that flow to me; no matter what I do or how I behave.

So, the blessings must be opened and shared and walked with every single day. My recovery is like a song I can sing, but I must sing it with all my heart and all my love. And I must sing it loud, even when I know my voice is off key or shaky.

That is the gift of this whole deal! I know the tune and I know the lyrics, so today, I am going to sing!

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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