November 23

GRATITUDE MONTH: DAY 23: “It starts with one thing. And when I find that ‘one thing’ that I can be thankful for, others immediately rush to the forefront of my mind. And in but a few moments I am so inundated by all that I have to be thankful for that any sense that my life is impoverished itself becomes impoverished.”  ― Craig D. Lounsbrough

Some days I have this issue as I start to write. I cannot think of what to put on my list. I always list the fact that I got sleep. It is one of the challenges of the trauma in my life that sleep eluded me for so many years. It is a gift to sleep for me. Always grateful, for I do not function well without it. None of us do, but we may not know it. I know it, so am always grateful for sleep.

The second thing I write is always that I am grateful for my cat. He is the funniest fur baby I have had in this life, except one dog I had with my husband. But the cat is a constant source of joy and love to me. I am very grateful for him.

Then I begin to write the miracles that took place the day before. Most days this will just about take up the whole list. I use a lined spiral notebook, so there are always 31 items on my list each day. I work to make them all different than the day before.

When I run low on items, I begin with my great good health. It truly is not because I took good care of myself in the early years. Today I do. I eat very well and work out each day and walk as many miles as possible each day. I love to walk. It truly is the very best cure for self-involved depression or blahs. The world is wonderful and full of miracles. About half of the miracles I see each day is on my walks.

I also write about recovery and the miracle and beauty of the 12 steps. They are transformative tools that I never take for granted. I resonate so well with them and how they turn lives into amazing stories. I could write for hours about the steps and how amazing and beautifully they work, over and over again.

The world is full of miraculous healing and love; none of which I had coming when I got to this recovery gig. I am so happy that I get to live in the gratitude that keeps me happy, an eternal circle I am blessed to get to ride. What a life! What a gift it all is!

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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