Gratitude List 31/05/2019: Motivation refill

Gratitude List 31/05/2019

As always, I came away from a meeting full of inspiration and motivation to smash this recovery of mine.

Today I am grateful for this who do service and make these meetings possible.

Today I am grateful for everyone’s experience, strength, hope, honesty, open mindedness and willingness.

Today I am grateful to see the change in people – it’s miraculous and inspiring.

Today I am grateful for all the signs laid out before me by my greater power.

Today I am grateful I eventually stopped resisting these signs.

Today I am grateful I faced some truths that I’ve denied for a couple of days.

Today I am grateful to get them down on paper through my daily inventory.

Today I am grateful I told another.

Today I am grateful to get down on my knees last night and this morning to pray hard.

Today I am grateful for my mistakes and the arising opportunities to learn from them.

👍🏻💪🏻🙏🏻❤😊

Gratitude List 30/05/2019: Magical book

Gratitude List 30/05/2019

Direct lifts from a magical little book.

*”Questions and Answers about the problem of Compulsive Gambling and the GA Recovery Programme”*

Today I am grateful for the word ‘and’.

*”11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?”*

Today I am grateful for this particular question, for me the answer hits home hard.

*”The fellowship of Gamblers Anononymous is the outgrowth of a chance meeting…..”*

Today I am grateful for that “chance meeting”. Little did they know.

*”…. compulsive gambling is an illness, progressive in its nature, which can never be cured, but can be arrested.”*

Today I am grateful for the words “never”, “but” and “can”.

*”Many GA members went through terrifying experiences…….”*

Today I am grateful I am one of “many”, I was not alone.

*”…. small bet experiments, always with disastrous results.”*

Today I am grateful for the word “always”.

*”Most of us feel that a belief in a power greater than ourselves is necessary in order for us to sustain a desire to refrain from gambling.”*

Today I am grateful I am one of “us”.

*”These same people have often found the GA programme a guide to spiritual progress towards the elimination of character defects.”*

Today I am grateful I have “found” the same.

*”How does a person stop gambling through the GA programme?”*

Today I am grateful this – the most important question is in the book….. Followed by the answer.

*”They enable us and thousands of others to lead happy, productive lives.”*

Today I am grateful to be one of the “thousands”.

I could’ve done a whole list on just the first couple of pages. Maybe I will one day. An amazing book, and once I started to REALLY read it and take it in, the words sprung off the page and opened my eyes, heart and mind to this fellowship And programme.

🙏🏻😊👍🏻❤💪🏻

Gratitude List 29/05/2019: Again and again

Gratitude List 29/05/2019

Again and again.

A very thought provoking piece of writing that was shared yesterday, made me think of all the things I currently do to acknowledge and respect my powerlessness over certain things. The idea behind it, as I understand, is by taking on specific actions I am once again admitting my powerlessness over my compulsions. And these humbling acts can be the difference between me staying clean and me ‘acting out’. For each one I am very grateful.

Today I am grateful for picking up the phone and calling my sponsor. By doing so I am asking for help, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for writing this list. By doing so I am practicing gratitude, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for reading some recovery based literature. By doing so I am learning more and more, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for completing a daily inventory. By doing so I am having an honest and fair look at myself, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for calling two members. By doing so I am uniting with fellows, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for prayer. By doing so I am handing my will over to my greater power, asking for His guidance and strength, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for meditation. By doing so I am taking the time to improve my conscious contact with my greater power while I open up my heart and mind to Him, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for attending meetings. By doing so I am practicing unity, hearing and sharing what I need to, as well as contributing to the welfare of the meeting and the fellowship as a whole, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for working the steps in my daily life. By doing so I am changing who I am, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Today I am grateful for taking on service. By doing so I am being selfless as I think of others, admitting again and again that I am powerless over my addictions and that my life is unmanageable.

Gratitude List 28/05/2019

Gratitude List 28/05/2019

Today I am grateful for the reminders of my powerlessness over certain things.

Today I am grateful for the reminders of where my illness can take me (has taken me).

Today I am grateful there is a solution out there, and that I have been guided through it.

Today I am grateful I am currently working the solution – recovery, unity, service.

Today I am grateful there is always room for improvement.

Today I am grateful for my daily inventory which highlights the things I can do better.

Today I am grateful that my recovery is spilling over into my life outside of the meetings.

Today I am grateful I predominantly sticking to my lane and not venturing into others. (thanks Steve)

Today I am grateful for the lack of fear and resentment I have to suffer in my life.

Today I am grateful to be living a life beyond my wildest dreams. One, a few years ago, I never thought possible.

💪🏻👍🏻🙏🏻😊❤

Gratitude List 27/05/2019: Mindfulness

Gratitude List 27/05/2019

As I sat in the garden I practiced some mindful meditation – focusing on what I can feel, hear, see and smell.

Today I am grateful for the clouds above, ever reminding me of the planet I am sitting on.

Today I am grateful for glimpses of sun that bring warmth to my skin.

Today I am grateful for the sound of the birds singing and the flapping of their wings.

Today I am grateful for the sparrows who seem to be doing a little dance in the plant covered floor.

Today I am grateful for the sound of buzzing bees feeding off the Fairy Glove’s pollen.

Today I am grateful for the feeling of my feet on the ground, connecting with the earth.

Today I am grateful for the fresh air going through my nose and down to my lungs.

Today I am grateful for the smell of the freshly washed washing on the line.

Today I am grateful for my aching body after a second session at the gym.

Today I am grateful for the serenity in my heart and mind.

Today I am grateful I remembered to take the food out of the oven!!!!

Gratitude List 26/05/2019: Another year has passed

Gratitude List 26/05/2019

Another year has passed.

Today I am grateful for all the messages I’ve received today.

Today I am grateful for the progression I have made in the last year.

Today I am grateful for how my relationships have improved over the last year.

Today I am grateful for the diligent effort I have put in over the last year.

Today I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been given in the last year.

Today I am grateful for all the opportunities I’ve taken in the last year.

Today I am grateful for all the lessons I have learnt this year.

Today I am grateful for the tools I have gathered over the last year.

Today I am grateful for all the answers these tools have given me over the last year.

Today I am that complacency has been at a minimum over the last year.

Today I am grateful for how I’ve grown spiritually this year.

Today I am grateful that my 42nd year was one of my happiest yet.

Today I am grateful I have even more hope for my 43rd.

🙏🏻😊💪🏻❤👍🏻🌞

Gratitude List 25/05/2019

Gratitude List 25/05/2019

Today I am grateful for the day ahead. If all goes to plan it will be a beautiful one.

Today I am grateful for the gorgeous forecasted weather.

Today I am grateful for the company I will be in.

Today I am grateful to have a home to invite others to.

Today I am grateful I enjoy entertaining and doing things for others.

Today I am grateful I am expecting nothing in return.

Today I am grateful for the happiness and serenity I’m currently enjoying.

Today I am grateful for the low level of fear and resentment in my life.

Today I am grateful to have some answers when there is.

Today I am grateful to be alive.

Gratitude List 24/05/2019: I could moan…

Gratitude List 24/05/2019

I write this list as I come off a night shift. Tired is an understatement. Four hours sleep since 6:30am on Wednesday. I could moan, but what’s the point.

Today I am grateful I have a job. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I predominantly work social hours. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I enjoy my work. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I get on with my colleagues. Some do not.

Today I am grateful to have this Bank Holiday weekend off. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I slept well for those four hours. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I slept peacefully. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I got to sleep at all. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I have a home to return to. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I have a bed to climb into. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I have a duvet to keep me warm. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I have a pillow to rest my head. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I am able to think like this. Some do not.

Today I am grateful I woke up. Some did not.

Gratitude List 23/05/2019: Overspill

Gratitude List 23/05/2019

Today I am grateful that by attending fellowship meetings I have learnt so much. What happens in those rooms is nothing short of magical. The blessing is, if I work it, the magic overspills into my life outside the rooms.

Today I am grateful that by sharing and listening in the rooms, I now communicate better with my family, friends and loved ones.

Today I am grateful that by continuously speaking aloud in the rooms, I am more confident in speaking in front of people at work.

Today I am grateful that by practicing anonymity in the rooms, I have become a more trustworthy friend and less of a gossip.

Today I am grateful that by being honest in the rooms, I am now more comfortable in telling my family how I feel.

Today I am grateful that by doing service for others in the rooms, I can do things for my girlfriend without expecting thanks.

Today I am grateful that by using open-mindedness in the rooms, I am able to remain open-minded when I come across spiritually sick people.

Today I am grateful that by reading Just For Today in the rooms, I am not afraid to enjoy the beautiful world around me.

Today I am grateful that by being vulnerable and admitting my own flaws in the rooms, I judge less the people who harm me.

Today I am grateful that by saying the serenity prayer at the end of each meeting, I can accept the things I cannot change, I can change the things I can and the wisdom in knowing the difference is forever growing.

Gratitude List 22/05/2019

Gratitude List 22/05/2019: Plan

Today I am grateful for the time I took to start my day on the right foot.

Today I am grateful I planned to go to the gym.

Today I am grateful life allowed my plan to play out.

Today I am grateful my self-will didn’t interfere.

Today I am grateful I remembered the gym entry code!

Today I am grateful for my increased heart rate.

Today I am grateful my muscles have been awoken from hibernation.

Today I am grateful for taking some necessary action.

Today I am grateful I currently have no obsession to eat compulsively.

Today I am grateful this morning’s action has led to another and another and another. God willing I’ll see some of you at Foley Street.

😊🙏🏻👍🏻❤💪🏻