“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gratitude for many of us exudes such strong feelings of thanks, praise and appreciation. We honor ourselves and others like us, for all that we are and for all that we have today. For those not in recovery, we recognize more than anyone else where we’ve been.
Most of all, we remember the pain of survival during our darkest moments and the absolute courage one day at a time, necessary to climb out of the depths of a personal insanity created by us. For those of us in recovery, we give thanks for everything gratitude stands for.
We have suffered in our own hell, because that IS where we came from.
And for anyone reading this today if you are clean and sober, just for today, you are that miracle I write about!
Just for today as we give thanks, let us also remember why we’re here: WHY we’re not dead or dying as we were once resigned to be. WHY we exist in the here and now and take comfort that in the world of our creator, there are no coincidences, nor roll of the dice.
Together we might wish to prepare for our true singleness of purpose: to Trust God, Clean our (Spiritual) House and to continue to seek ways to be of Help to Others.
With Gratitude comes the knowledge that if you were not supposed to be here, you wouldn’t be and that because you are–there is still much work to do!
I hope you’ll enjoy my little gift of gratitude to you, for loving me just the way I am. Because just like you, we are all doing the very best that we can, ODAAT!
With Love and Gratitude in the Fellowship
and the Awesome Community that is Recovery!
Harriet Hunter, author