November 7

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 7: “There is something to appreciate in every moment of every day. Strive to find it as often as you can. Living with gratitude will change your life.” ― Anthon St. Maarten

This is the greatest truth. And lives are changed all the time with a simple practice of WRITING a gratitude list every day. It must be written for the brain to be impacted as much as it is with this practice.

I love the technology that has allowed science to discover the amount of change the human brain can go through with a written daily gratitude list. Amazing! And we know we feel better, but the longer it is done, the more changes occur in our brains. More and more optimism and less skepticism every day. I would love to have had an image of my brain when I began this practice over 30 years ago. I know how happy I am, but quantifiable evidence is always great to see.

No matter how much evidence exists, however, most addicts will not do this simple thing. They have a story around how busy they are, etc. Never fails. Give people a solution that works, but they will find a reason to complain about how busy they are and no time to do it.

I came up with a new motto for that recently. If you have the time to complain about it, you have the time to do it. I am very weary of the story and the drama. A really big fan of the Nike motto…”Just Do It.” Always have been.

And that is how I roll. When I start to think it is too big a task or the time is not available, I just do the thing and find out I was wrong. Every single time…every single time. Isn’t that something? And there is very little that I do not have time for today…except whiners and complainers…they get zero of my life.

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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