December 26: Having and keeping an attitude of Gratitude

Topic for the week:

Having and Keeping An Attitude of Gratitude

Hello everyone!

I hope all of your Christmas’ have been merry and bright….

Happiest of sobriety birthdays to all who are celebrating, welcome aboard to anyone new and/or returning.  Thanks be to God & Goddess for my sobriety today and yours, too.

Thank you for the opportunity to lead/share this day of Christmas. And the day & week after…. Lol.

Or any day for that matter.

I am honored to share my experience, strength and hope with the intent that perhaps something I say or do can help someone else hear the message they need to in order to get the gifts of sobriety and recovery I’ve been so fortunate to receive.

The Promises ~ continuing to come true, one day at a time.

Particularly –

We will not regret the past nor wish to the door on it.

I’ve had a lot of behavior unbecoming to a human and because of Alcoholics Anonymous, I’ve been able to forgive myself and move into using it to benefit others.

The Gifts ~ self-respect, worth and value, belief in myself, treating both you and I rightly.

The Knowledge ~ that as long as I keep doing the basics of the program of Alcoholics Anonymous and the next right thing, I’ll get the gift of continuing to stay sober, as well as all the other gifts there are here in the Land of Recovery.

The Ability ~ to deal with life on life’s terms without falling apart or flipping out, holding my head high and myself accountable.

The Decisions ~ Not taking a drink no matter what.  And so many other well informed , solid and sensible decisions I get to make today.  I can trust myself to make good choices.

Sometimes I get carried away and get too many plates in the air at one time…. but I have the tools to put the pieces back together and carry on.

The Accountability ~

“When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing, or situation—some fact of my life —unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.” (pg. 417)

To take on this sometimes challenging paragraph and get it to work for me instead of against me in my life, is another awesome gift of AA.

Looking within and dealing with me sooo aids me in dealing with you ~ like the woman I was born to be…. the woman I’ve always wanted to be.

The Gratitude ~ And I firmly believe all of this centers around the necessity of having and keeping an attitude of gratitude.

I mean seriously!?! who could have all this and NOT be grateful.

Today, and every day ~ it’s all about focusing on my haves

and not my have nots.

Thank you all for helping me stay sober one day at a time. I’m lucky to have you all in my life.

I appreciate you letting me share.

Faith n Hope 💝