November 21

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 21: “All the energy that you put into your life returns to you. Just as the energy spent on the good will return to you the bad will too. Do not focus on your misfortune. Focus on the good. Focus on your gratitude. Look to be grateful and you will always find something to be grateful for.” ― Avina Celeste

For every hour we spend complaining, it may be that we are given things to learn to be happy and grateful for that look and feel the same as those we complained about at first. I think this is true. I have seen those who are chronic complainers be stuck in their own unhappiness and the downward spiral of misfortune and regret.

When we focus on the good things all around us, we are blessed with more than we can possibly name. I know this is my story every day. The one or two things that may feel uncomfortable are then converted into blessings as well, because my brain is geared now toward the recognition of the gifts they bring.

I love this! And I love that in one lifetime, I get to experience both sides of the coin, for similar time periods. Wow!

For every kindness I have done for another, I can recall about 10 things that have been done for me. There is a great deal of kindness and love in this world. There is sometimes a seeming lack of that, but it is only a call for me to step into a kinder, gentler way of being. ME, not THEM.

Okay. This is the deal. We are here to learn how to BE the love we want to see in this world. We owe a tremendous debt of Karma and Love to the Universe, because we are given this Grace each and every day that we choose to open the package and say Thank you! So, that is what the ACTION of recovery means.

Go out and DO what you can in service and love. Stop waiting for it to come to you. Give it back, because you have already received yours today if you woke up sober and clean and with breath in your lungs. It is a much greater gift than we truly deserve. That is 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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