November 1

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 1: “Gratitude is a form of worship in its own right, as it implies the acceptance of a power greater than yourself.” ― Stephen Richards

How happy am I? My favorite topic to write about in the world…yay! I love November and Gratitude Month…it is where this whole writing thing started for me.

It is where my entire recovery is rooted and shaped and formed. I recently had a conversation about the level and consistency of the spiritual life I have today with a friend. What I give 100% of the credit to is the practice of continual, ongoing, consistent gratitude lists and songs and practice. There is no mistake that I don’t know anyone whose life is as consistently full of miraculous events and happiness.

Truth! While I love acceptance and a few other things around here, this is the foundation. This is the place where the rubber hits the road for me.

I can do (and I DO!) a lot of service. But when I do it for personal acclaim or for any purpose other than expression of my own gratitude, I am serving my ego, not others. I see that one a whole lot! And it does not appeal to me on any level at all.

There is ALWAYS a huge list of shit that is amazing and wonderful…all around me…all the time. I have had some very troubling life circumstances, just as many (if not more) than others I know. And yet, I have maintained a constant conversation with the Universe about how amazing and wonderfully gifted I have been.

The more I say, “thank you,” the more there is to be thankful for. This is a never-ending miracle of life that I am here to keep testifying about…loud and long. I never shut up, as most of you know. And the message is always going to be the same; that gratitude is the only path that I have found to the deep and satisfying experience of spiritual connection that I walk in all the time.

Things manifest in my life in ways I do not see for others, and this is why. I know it is. And I love it and will keep this wheel rolling every day, one day at a time, for as long as I can keep it rolling. What a wonderful gift it all is and what a wonderful life I get to have. Not because I am awesome or anything, but because the Universal Power IS!

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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