November 22

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 22: “When you express gratitude for the blessings that come into your life, it not only encourages the universe to send you more, it also sees to it that those blessings remain.” ― Stephen Richards

I remember starting this practice very early in recovery. I had read a quote that said, “The greatest prayer is thank you.” So, rather than ask for recovery that day, I began to just place it on my gratitude list. I stopped asking for anything.

I also stopped praying like there was a big Santa Claus in the sky to give me whatever I asked for. This increases that horrible condition called “entitlement” with which we are so afflicted today.

Addicts have plenty of entitlement as it is. To lose that is the course of recovery. Some do not get there. I am grateful to have lost that very ugly aspect of addiction.

So, I do not ask for anything. I have desires, because I have an ego. I like certain things and choose them when I have that power. Sometimes I don’t. So, I accept what life has in store for me. I don’t always like it, but I accept it.

I accept life and people and everything, because to NOT accept life and people and everything is to create discomfort, resentment, illness, and rage. I had all of those when I got here. Some of them remained while I fought the Universe for my right to be right.

Today, I’d rather be happy than right. I would rather be at peace with what is and let it all be exactly the way it is. I have enough on my plate to do what is in front of me. That is enough. I do not have time to instruct and direct the Universe on how it SHOULD be.

What a gift! What a great thing it is to be constantly granted more and more of this serenity and peace that comes when I am accepting life JUST THE WAY IT IS. Then I can accept ME just the way I am, and of course, that means I accept YOU just the way you are. It is a beautiful thing!

And it begins with me being grateful for ALL that surrounds me, every day, all the time. And I get to walk through this thing with great freedom and peace and joy and love. I see how others do the stuff I used to do, and I am so happy to be on the other side of that. More gratitude, means I will get more and so on and so on. There is no end to how great my life can become. No end at all!

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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