March 4

FAITH MONTH: DAY 4: “Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.”― John Henry Jowett

Yeah, this one could have been written by me…love it!

I can always tell who does and who does not have a true gratitude practice. It shows. In all we say and do. I am a chronic whiner, brought up by a chronic whiner, to be a lifetime chronic whiner.

It is the very nature of addiction that we be chronic malcontents, as the BB states. No matter what we get or have, it does not satisfy for even a second. We are so in the grip of Ego that all we can do is look for MORE of everything. And constantly comparing mine with yours. Ugh!

Gratitude gives me faith because it takes me out of Ego. Period. Gratitude gives me hope for the same reason and in the same way. Gratitude allows me to LOVE my life…every day, all day long, no matter what is coming.

I love the last line of this quote because I see so many so-called recovering people limping horribly…still using the crutch of Ego and wondering what happened to Happy, Joyous, and Free! Teehee…I know!

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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