Gratitude for Gratitude

As I’ve previously mentioned, I have decided to not post my daily gratitude list anymore. In doing so, I have to admit, that my gratitude lists have become more authentic.

It’s not that I ever listed something I was not grateful for, but what I wrote was influenced by the simple knowledge that I was posting it for others to read. What I realised, is that I began to write lists to be of service to others and carry a message of recovery. I also took into consideration how someone might react to certain things and would therefore be careful about what I wrote and how I wrote it.

Neither ‘being of service’ or ‘consideration for others’ are bad, in fact they are two things I thrive for on a daily basis. But despite my good intentions, they did have an effect on what I wrote and therefore my gratitude wasn’t always entirely authentic. I can continue to be of service to others and continue to use consideration, but in other ways.

I have also come to realise that ‘people pleasing’ had a huge part to play in this. If I didn’t suffer from people pleasing then my gratitude lists would have stayed true. They wouldn’t have been swayed in the way they were. Again, wanting to please people is not a bad thing, unless by doing so it effects my own recovery, and through tainting my gratitude lists, it had.

Today I am grateful that my gratitude contains gratitude and nothing else.

Gratitude for gratitude.

Gratitude List 25/03/2019: Good for my soul and spirit

Gratitude List 25/03/2019

Everyday for the last couple of years I’ve been trying to improve as a person. The drive behind this progression is to be of best use to the people around me (and God). There have been moments where personal gain has been a motive, I’m no saint, but for the main it’s been for selfless reasons. If I look closely though, I realise I actually get an abundance in return.

Today I am grateful I get to witness happiness.

Today I am grateful I get to witness smiles and laughter.

Today I am grateful I get to witness recovery.

Today I am grateful I get to witness gratitude.

Today I am grateful I get to witness hope.

Today I am grateful I get to witness trust.

Today I am grateful I get to witness serenity.

Today I am grateful I get to witness love.

Today I am grateful I get to witness forgiveness.

Through witnessing such emotions I am in effect surrounding myself with positivity. Posivite emotions which in turn do the world of good to my soul and spirit. Extremely grateful because I know what it’s like to experience the opposite when I’m regression.