At the very least

Gratitude List 05/04/2018

A continuation of my thinking yesterday. I am currently feeling really grateful at the moment and it’s bringing an abundance of serenity. The words gratitude, privilege, respect, appreciate and phrases like ‘at the very least’ are following me around and I’m loving it.

Company. I’m so often not present when accompanied. There are many people who are alone and would love nothing more than to have a chat. Yes, I could go chat to these people myself but I can’t chat to everyone. ‘At the very least’ I can respect this privilege by making the most of the time I am with people.

My body/health. Something I take for granted on a daily basis. Not 24 hours a day but it definitely could be better. Again, there are many people who are suffering with their health and would love to be as well as I currently am. I have no control over anyone’s health but ‘at the very least’ I can appreciate my own health by doing what I can to look after my body. As a bonus, this way of thinking is giving me strength when tempted by a cake or fast food and is inspiring me to get my trainers on!

Nature. I am very lucky to live in a city with so many parks, woods, trails etc. And within these there is beauty and life everywhere, no matter what the season. Whether it be the trees, flowers, birds, insects, fish, rivers, brooks, lakes, hills etc. ‘At the very least’ I can visit these places often, appreciate the beauty, enjoy the views, take an interest and breathe in the fresh air.

My senses. I woke up this morning with all my senses intact. Some people haven’t and some never have. I have no power to change anyone’s circumstances, including my own in respect to senses. ‘At the very least’ I will try to not take them for granted, but instead appreciate every beautiful thing I see, every laughter I hear, every bite I taste, every scent I smell and every cuddle I feel.

My recovery. I feel truly blessed to be in recovery. There are thousands, if not millions out there suffering not knowing there is an answer. I know, I was one of them. It is down to the person to find the courage and seek help. I have to accept I cannot push them into something they are not ready for. ‘At the very least’ I can take advantage of all there is to offer in recovery. All the wisdom, the experience, the literature, the strength, the hope. And put in my maximum effort.