November 6

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 6: “Life-changing gratitude does not fasten to a life unless nailed through with one very specific nail at a time.” ― Ann Voskamp

Oh boy! This one works for me. I don’t even remember reading it when I did these a week or so ago. Isn’t that great?

And then I laughed and laughed this morning when I was reading my quotes. THIS ONE! Oh yeah! Nailing it through with a very specific nail at a time.

People think they are practicing gratitude on fb or even sitting in meetings talking all that crap that meetings are full of…yikes! It is surprising they don’t just blow up sometimes, with all that hot air and crap floating around…hahaha!

(I must be on an especially irreverent mission today folks!) Anyway, this is the deal. No life is changed because we talked about going to the gym or watching a video about hiking or practicing guitar or any of that.

Lives are changed when we DO the work and DO the gratitude practice. The human brain is shifted from being a whiney addict to a grateful, contributing member of the spiritual world by DOING the work of putting it on paper every day. Writing, the action must be taken. No one’s brain shifts even a nano-increment toward positivity unless it is written down. Action, action, action.

No poster EVER said, “Just think about it” or “Just talk about it.” The running/walking/hiking/action shoe says, “Just DO It!” Okay.

So, no lives are changed when we think or talk about anything. Nothing. Half measures do not give us half. They avail us NOTHING. Wow!

So, that daily practice must be done daily, for many, many years. Before WE get to feel better. Or not…it is up to you.

Or, you can do nothing and get nothing. And feel all kinds of sorry for yourself and wah, wah, wah. That is pleasant. People flock to be around that. Except then you will tell yourself that you don’t like people, so you can avoid them knowing how full of shit you are when you talk all this recovery crap in meetings and fail to LIVE it or DO it. Okay…this is your brain on your best ideas…no thanks!

Life is so damned good! Too bad so many are missing this amazing journey…just DO it!

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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