November 17

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 17: “Gratitude shifts the focus from competitive thought to creative thought. Gratitude orients the feeling body into harmony with universal intelligence. Gratitude for life as it creates harmony.”― Collette O’Mahony

Yes, a regular practice of gratitude will do this. Not talking about it, but actually doing it, as with the rest of recovery. I have met, in this recovery journey, a couple of people who were as active in recovery as I am. It was early on, and they are gone now. I deeply long, in my soul, to meet new friends who are dedicated to living a spiritual path, but they are not here yet.

Each time I meet a new member, they talk about their desire to get to the place where I am in my life, but are not inclined to do this work. Some of the folks in my life today were like that. But it is a journey of a single path, not walked by many. And feels lonely on some days, until I get back into the walking shoes of gratitude.

A spirit is a sole soul. Alone…with only the universal intelligence mentioned above for companionship. It takes only that for me. When I feel that I am longing for companionship, I must remember that it is with me always. I just cannot touch it or see it with my mortal eyes.

I feel that harmony often though. Today is one of those days when I must seek the connection I long for. That is the work that so few perform. They will run around the physical world seeking it. It lies in the realm of spirit, so it is there I must go. Gratitude practice takes me there. Knowing that I am not the author of this life and allowing it to be written most perfectly by that Power I do not see or know by any other name…it is enough.

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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