November 1

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 1: “Over time, I have learned that if I’m not feeling grateful, then I struggle to hear His voice. But when I am able to recognize all that the Lord has given me, I hear His voice more clearly.”― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I would like to rephrase this a bit. I realize that when I am writing a daily gratitude letter, I am able to hear Universal Power’s voice, but I don’t when I am not. That is how it works for me.

It is MY responsibility to open the doors and windows of my heart and soul to recognize the work of the Universe in action.

I guess we are hard-wired to be, as the BB calls us, “chronic malcontents.” It was a fun practice that I learned very early in recovery to use a couple of words that were game changers for me. When others would ask me how I was doing, I would say that I was “adequate.” This perplexed some folks because it sounds less than they thought was good.

However, I would tell them that being adequate was a huge step up for someone who had spent so much of her life feeling inadequate.

The other response was to tell myself every time I thought of it that I was content. This is a huge leap also for a chronic malcontent. Just content. That is wonderful to me!

I love GRATITUDE MONTH. It is my favorite thing in the year! I have so much to be grateful for and the list grows longer every day. When I focus on this, it changes my life from malcontent to happy as hell. I have manifested this for a long time; many, many years, and yet so few of my friends have ever adopted the habit. So simple, yet they have huge stories around why they cannot do it. Too bad for them, I am just too busy being happy, and seeing how I am God’s favorite kid all day long…it is wonderful!

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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