If I awaken and count my blessings I’m starting off right.
Sometimes in early recovery we may ask, what could I possibly be grateful for?
I live in this halfway house without air conditioning. My parole officer acts like he wants to put me back in prison. I don’t like the food. And another addict in recovery, who hasn’t been sober long at all, is telling me I have to find a job - or go to day labor.
And while all the above may be true, we can still find much to be grateful for if we make a small effort.
My list takes little effort at all: I’m grateful for my marriage. For my loved ones. For my friends. My health. The freedom to make good or bad choices.
Watching the news provides a gratitude checklist. I’m not caught up in a meaningless war. I’m in a country where I can express my opinion without going to jail. I live in an economy that – even in down times – is the envy of much of the world.
If we take the simple small step of awakening with gratitude then we’re going to have a great day.
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