Gratitude List 11/06/2019: I Get To

Gratitude List 11/06/2019

“Begin your day with an ‘I get to’ mentality instead of an ‘I have to’ thought process…. I GET to go to work. I GET to have a busy day. Whatever it may be. We often dress our opportunities as stress, but they are in fact blessings.”

I read this quote yesterday. I’ve recently attempted to describe this exact change of mindset but never felt I did it justice. This though, has hit the nail on the head.

‘I have to do this, I have to do that’, this type of thinking can easily lead me to procrastination or parking it completely. A much more positive attitude towards these ‘opportunities’ is ‘I get to to do this, I get to do that’.

Below are ten blessed opportunities that my mind can dress up as painstaking chores by thinking ‘I have to’. Today I choose to think differently.

Today I am grateful I get to do some meditation.

Today I am grateful I get to attend a meeting.

Today I am grateful I get to call two fellows.

Today I am grateful I get to do some written work.

Today I am grateful I get to go to work.

Today I am grateful I get to eat healthy.

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

Today I am grateful I get to be honest – with myself and others.

Today I am grateful I get to learn something new.

Today I am grateful I get to think like this.

Truly blessed I am!

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Originally posted by Grounding Growth… Thank you for the inspiration!!! https://groundinggrowth.com/2019/06/09/quick-inspiration-to-boost-your-mood-i-get-to/

Gratitude List 10/06/2019: I wish…. but

Gratitude List 10/06/2019

After yesterday’s Race For Life, I wish my mum was still with us, but today I am grateful my dad, sisters and brother are. I’m also grateful that my mum’s spirit is too.

I wish I wasn’t so tired and didn’t have to go to work, but today I am grateful to have a job to go to. So many do not, it can be very tough out there.

I wish I hadn’t had that breakfast, but today I am grateful for my awareness, my desire and the tools I have to help. I also know it could’ve and has been much worse.

I wish I didn’t have to listen to my girlfriend moan, but today I am grateful I understand this is her way to share how she is doing and how she is feeling. This is her meeting.

I wish I had more money so I can pay back the money I owe, but today I am grateful I have a plan which so far is going well. It is all I can do and I accept it.

I wish a certain personal situation was different, but today I am grateful I have a greater power that gave me the courage to do all the things I could and the serenity to accept the things I cannot.

I wish I didn’t have to sit next to my mad colleague at work! But today I am grateful for his happiness, enthusiasm and utter joy he brings to my day – if I look for his good points!

I wish I had worn a coat more suitable to today’s beautiful English weather, but today I am grateful for the coat I have, the shelter I find myself in, and the hot shower I can have later.

I wish a few people I know are unwell were better, but today I am grateful for all the doctors, nurses, health services, surgeons, scientists, researchers, chemist’s etc will do their best to help.

Today I am grateful I am genuinely finding it difficult to find things I wish would be different. Just trying to get across a point.

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Gratitude List 09/06/2019: Race For Life

Gratitude List 09/06/2019

Today I am grateful my girlfriend and my daughter are taking part in the Race For Life at Trent Park, London, UK – doing their bit to help beat cancer.

Today I am grateful to watch them get ready, the excitement is building as they pull on their pink vests and attach their race numbers and messages.

Today I am grateful for everyone who partakes in such an event, all the sponsors, volunteers and organisers.

Today I am grateful that rain has subsided and the sun has re-emerged. The weather is perfect.

Today I am grateful that my daughter will be racing in memory of her Nanny Eve – my mum. My girlfriend will be racing in memory of her beloved father.

Today I am grateful for my spiritual growth meaning I strongly believe they will be amongst thousands of other spirits looking down on their loved ones competing today.

Today I am grateful for the relationship my girlfriend and my daughter have. Its so very special and for them to share a special day like this is a blessing.

Today I am grateful for all the doctors, scientists and researchers who work tirelessly to help beat this life changing/ending disease.

Today I am grateful for the inspiration and motivation events like this can give me. It makes me want to do something special too.

Today I am grateful to fell an abundance of love and kindness today.

Gratitude List 08/06/2019: Convention

Gratitude List 08/06/2019

Today I am grateful to be on my way to a GA convention. 12 workshops on offer and over 100 members have signed up to come.

Today I am grateful to be looking forward to a day like this rather than the days I used to look forward to when I was in action.

Today I am grateful to be travelling with an open mind and a huge willingness to learn.

Today I am grateful for the opportunity to carry a message. The same message that has turned my life around. I pray I do it justice.

Today I am grateful for all the people who have worked tirelessly and selflessly in organising this event.

Today I am grateful for the venue and those who have agreed to let us use it. Without these agreements, there would be no events, no meetings, nowhere to go.

Today I am grateful to be doing service alongside some inspirational people. People who are friends for life.

Today I am grateful for the opportunity to make some new friends, as fellows from far and wide come together in unity.

Today I am grateful for my girlfriend who shows an amazing level of understanding when it comes to my recovery and the time it takes.

Today I am grateful for the seat awaiting for me.

Gratitude List 07/06/2019: Step up

Gratitude List 07/06/2019

This week my recovery has reached a new level. I feel great. It’s no coincidence that this progression corresponds with me increasing my efforts.

Today I am grateful to be alive because life is worth living.

Today I am grateful I desire to make the most of my God given time.

Today I am grateful my present gives me hope.

Today I am grateful for the love and kindness I get to witness and feel.

Today I am grateful for the spiritual growth I am experiencing.

Today I am grateful I tend to see the good in people.

Today I am grateful for my level of self-love.

Today I am grateful, that with my senses, I get to enjoy what is beautiful.

Today I am grateful to be part of something magical.

Today I am grateful for the smile on my face.

Gratitude List 06/06/2019: Transformation

Gratitude List 06/06/2019

Sometimes an experience really highlights how far I’ve come. Rewind a bit and this particular experience would have led to:

– having and instant resentment and a reaction of frustration, arrogance and judgement.
– a phonecall where I would’ve made things much worse.
– me lying awake thinking about all the things I should’ve said and all the proving points I should’ve put across.
– my subsequent mood effecting the loved ones around me who have nothing to do with it.
– an emotional hangover where I wished I hadn’t acted the way I did, whilst simultaneously justifying it.

Today I am grateful my experience wasn’t like the above but instead went something like this….

– first of all, the resentment itself wasn’t too strong – tolerance, consideration, understanding, humility and forgiveness had already kicked into action.
– there seemed to be a buffer in time between the harm and my reaction allowing myself to stay calm and composed.
– I didn’t call and make things worse, guidance came from within to wait until the morning.
– I slept peacefully.
– I awoke in a serene place, no hangover to contend with. Said my prayers asking how I can be of best use to those in my life.
– before I had a chance to call, the call came to me. I let them speak, they said what was needed. I didn’t need to rub it in.
– there was no expectation of an apology. It didn’t come completely. That’s their inventory not mine.

Today I am grateful, as a result:

– I am heading to work with a smile on my face and peace of mind.
– I haven’t made things worse.
– I haven’t made another feel like s**t. My ego could have easily done so.
– I remain connected to both the programme and my greater power which together continue to work miracles.

Today I am grateful for all the things that have made this transformation possible – see yesterday’s list – Not Mine

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Gratitude List 05/06/2019: Not mine

Gratitude List 05/06/2019

Without a doubt in my mind, my life begun to turnaround when I stopped managing it. I did an absolutely awful job and to make things worse I wanted everyone to think and act like I did. My gratitude list today refers to all the things I do which have resulted in turning my life around. The common factor in every single one is NONE of them came from me and my design for life.

Today I am grateful I attend as many meetings as possible – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I do service and practice the Traditions – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I got a sponsor and went through the steps – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I take the time to carry the same message – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I found a power greater than me – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I pray and meditate – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I write these gratitude lists – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I do a daily honest inventory – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I read recovery based literature – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I write a journal – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I am grateful I call other fellows – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I have faced, dealt with and learned from my past – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I can make amends to others I have harmed – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I am willing to go to any lengths to stay clean and abstinent – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I surrendered – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

Today I am grateful I take it one day at a time – wasn’t my choice or part of my plan.

In short I let it go and I need to do so everyday.

Gratitude List 04/06/2019: Uncomfortable zone?

Gratitude List 04/06/2019

Today I am grateful I can ask for help.

Today I am grateful I can offer help.

Today I am grateful I can pick up my phone and call.

Today I am grateful I can pray and meditate.

Today I am grateful I can go to the gym.

Today I am grateful I can put pen to paper.

Today I am grateful I can do as I’m asked.

Today I am grateful I can be honest.

Today I am grateful I can admit when I’m wrong.

Today I am grateful I can forgive when harmed.

Today I am grateful I can say no.

The above are a list of things that I find uncomfortable to do. None are within my comfort zone. Too achieve any of them I have had to step out of that zone, show some willingness and put in some diligent effort. After months and months of repetition, some of them are now habitual, some of them I thoroughly enjoy. Every single one of them though is good for me, so why is it I have to step out of my comfort zone to do them?

What I’ve come to realise is this, paradoxically I’m actually stepping out of the ‘uncomfortable’ zone of an addicts mind. An uncomfortable zone that holds me prisoner and stops me progressing. All the things above are spiritually good for me, they shouldn’t be things I resist doing. Too many times have I put these things off again and again to my own detriment. No more.

This slight change of mindset has made these suggestions more appealing to me. In short, my comfort zone is bloody uncomfortable, so I need to get out as often as I can!

Gratitude List 03/06/2019: Good signs

Gratitude List 03/06/2019

Today I am grateful for the sleep in the corner of my eye, a sign of the good night’s sleep I had.

Today I am grateful for my slightly sore upper arms, a sign I spent most of yesterday out in the fresh air and sun.

Today I am grateful for my achey body, a sign that I did a solid workout at the gym.

Today I am grateful for the wild and frizzy hair style I am sporting this morning, a sign I had a hot shower.

Today I am grateful for the packed lunch in my bag, a sign that I took the time to prepare for the day.

Today I am grateful for my heavy bag, a sign that I am carrying my step work with me.

Today I am grateful I am in no rush, a sign that I got up and left on time.

Today I am grateful for my peace of mind, a sign that I have accepted the things I cannot change and had the courage to change the things I can.

Today I am grateful for the smile on my face, a sign that I am happy with who I am.

Today I am grateful I am doing this list, a sign that I am connected to the programme.

Gratitude List 02/06/2019

Gratitude List 02/06/2019Today I am grateful that despite there being some immaturity on display last night, there was also vast improvements.Today I am grateful I thought of others enjoying success and that put a smile on my face.Today I am grateful I am not hungover today – physically or emotionally. I still have that smile on my face. Today I am grateful for the trek around Trent Park today. Such a beautiful place and good to get the body moving.Today I am grateful for the meditation that was done at the end of it. It was great listening to the silence that surrounded nature’s calls. Today I am grateful for meeting up unexpectedly with some friends. A lovely catch up whilst sitting in the beautiful sunshine.Today I am grateful I was able to stop after one chocolate biscuit. Today I am grateful to be drinking more water these days. There is definitely a link and goes hand in hand with my compulsive eating. Today I am grateful my inventory has been guided to new levels and I am getting so much more from it. Today I am grateful I am using my first opportunity to do this list. My window of opportunity this morning was unexpectedly taken away so this was my next available void.👍🏻💪🏻❤🙏🏻😊