Gratitude List 16/04/2019: Action

Gratitude List 16/04/2019

Yesterday the obsession was on top of me. The inevitability was strong. My will-power was about to collapse. Fortunately, I listened to God’s conscience.

Action:

Today I am grateful to have a knowledge of recovery tools.

Today I am grateful I had the strength to use this knowledge, pick up my phone and connect with a like-minded fellow.

Today I am grateful I shared with him exactly how I was feeling.

Today I am grateful I then called my girlfriend and was honest with her – how I was feeling, but also how I had been deceitful.

Today I am grateful I thanked my greater power for His guidance and strength.

What I got in return:

Today I am grateful my utter weakness was being replaced with a power greater than myself. This power came from unity, honesty and humility. As I spoke, I could feel the strength flooding back into me.

Today I am grateful the power was far stronger than the obsession. It only took a few minutes before it was completely lifted.

Today I am grateful for how connected I suddenly felt. Not only did I feel empowered I felt serene, I felt at peace.

Today I am grateful my call was a welcome one. Without me knowing, the benefits were working both ways.

Today I am grateful this was not an obsession of my primary addition. Even so, the powerlessness I felt took me right back. I am grateful for that reminder. I’d like to believe the very same tools would have arrested that addiction in the very same way.

Today I am grateful for how the direction of my day was changed. Not just my day, but potentially my week or my month.

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Gratitude List 16/04/2019: Action

Gratitude List 16/04/2019

Yesterday the obsession was on top of me. The inevitability was strong. My will-power was about to collapse. Fortunately, I listened to God’s conscience.

Action:

Today I am grateful to have a knowledge of recovery tools.

Today I am grateful I had the strength to use this knowledge, pick up my phone and connect with a like-minded fellow.

Today I am grateful I shared with him exactly how I was feeling.

Today I am grateful I then called my girlfriend and was honest with her – how I was feeling, but also how I had been deceitful.

Today I am grateful I thanked my greater power for His guidance and strength.

What I got in return:

Today I am grateful my utter weakness was being replaced with a power greater than myself. This power came from unity, honesty and humility. As I spoke, I could feel the strength flooding back into me.

Today I am grateful the power was far stronger than the obsession. It only took a few minutes before it was completely lifted.

Today I am grateful for how connected I suddenly felt. Not only did I feel empowered I felt serene, I felt at peace.

Today I am grateful my call was a welcome one. Without me knowing, the benefits were working both ways.

Today I am grateful this was not an obsession of my primary addition. Even so, the powerlessness I felt took me right back. I am grateful for that reminder. I’d like to believe the very same tools would have arrested that addiction in the very same way.

Today I am grateful for how the direction of my day was changed. Not just my day, but potentially my week or my month.

Gratitude List 10/04/2019: Minute by minute

Gratitude List 10/04/2019

07:05am Today I am grateful that my early start means I get half an hour to myself. Enough time to do some suggestions and start my day off on the right foot.

07:40am Today I am grateful I was able to fearlessly be honest with someone. Gratitude must go to the guidance from a greater power.

08:25am Today I am grateful I can afford to treat my son and daughter to breakfast.

09:07am Today I am grateful for the kisses and cuddles goodbye.

09:30am Today I am grateful I remembered to make an important call. Lately I’ve been forgetting to do important things and it makes me look like I don’t care, when I do.

11:47am Today I am grateful I am inside and not outside on this cold and damp day. My prayers go out to those who find themselves living on the streets.

15:05pm Today I am grateful I filled this void by connecting with like minded fellows and meditating a little more than usual.

16:02pm Today I am grateful I reached out and picked up the phone in hope my moment of temptation would pass. Guess what…. It worked! Again!

20:13pm Today I am grateful for Hugo’s hands. 21:34pm Today I am grateful for Sonny’s left foot. 21:51pm Today I am grateful for the referee’s whistle.

23:13pm Today I am grateful I am picturing my children. The thought has brought a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.

Gratitude List 24/03/2019: Watch for and Strive for

Gratitude List 24/03/2019

Since finding out what certain characteristics actually mean, the simple knowledge often assists me in day-to-day life. Armed with the facts I am able to honestly, morally and accurately take my daily personal inventory.

Amongst many others, today I am grateful for the following characteristics and their meanings. Some are defects and some are strengths. Having the knowledge of both enables me to watch for and strive for.

Sloth – reluctance to work or make an effort; laziness.

Lustfulness – full of or motivated by lust, greed, or the like

Intolerance – unwillingness to accept views, beliefs, or behaviour that differ from one’s own.

Coarseness – to be rude or vulgar.

Insincerity – not expressing genuine feelings.

Humbleness (humility) – the quality of having a modest or low view of one’s importance.

Open-mindedness – the quality of being willing to consider ideas and
opinions that are new or different to your own.

Willingness – the quality or state of being prepared to do something; readiness.

Industrious – the quality of being diligent and hard-working.

Selflessness – to concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own.

Gratitude List 19/03/2019: whack-a-mole

Gratitude List 19/03/2019

‘It’s like whack-a-mole’

Someone said that this evening and I can relate so much! It seems that as soon as I knock one thing on the head, another one pops up! And another! And another! To be honest, I am not complaining. It’s a game I am happy to play all my life because it will keep me on my toes and keep me improving as a person.

Today I am grateful I took another leap of faith.

Today I am grateful I took another first step in the right direction.

Today I am grateful for the unity and the similarities.

Today I am grateful for the friendly face.

Today I am grateful I could share my pain.

Today I am grateful for the knowledge and wisdom.

Today I am grateful it felt good.

Today I am grateful I am honest enough to admit it didn’t feel great.

Today I am grateful I am willing to give it a chance anyway.

Today I am grateful for my current strength.

Gratitude List 17/03/2019: Courage

Gratitude List 17/03/2019

Courage

Every morning, night and many times in between I say the serenity prayer. Within the prayer I pray for the courage to change the things I can. Today I can reflect on my days and see when I have used courage. Today I can be a courageous person. I’m very grateful because a few years ago I had zero courage, I instead lived in crippling fear.

Today I am grateful I have the courage to admit when I am powerless over people, places and things.

Today I am grateful I have the courage to ask for help. Something I only did through manipulation.

Today I am grateful I have the courage to hand my will over to a greater power. A power I cannot see, hear or touch.

Today I am I have the courage to be honest. I used to fear the consequences of telling the truth.

Today I have the courage to say no when the time is right to do so. I used to hate the thought of letting people down.

Today I am grateful I have the courage to speak in public. Through sharing with like minded people I have I have found self-confidence.

Today I am grateful I have the courage to look into my past and learn from it. I had surpressed my past and I needed the courage to look deep and unlock it.

Today I am grateful I have the courage to be vulnerable. Putting my past and my emotions on the table without fear of being judged.

Today I am grateful I have the courage to take a leap of faith into the unknown. To be guided by people or powers who know better.

Gratitude List 16/03/2019: The Right Direction

Gratitude List 16/03/2019

Today I have started the day on the right foot. One positive thing has led to another and it’s no surprise that I continued to step in the right direction. So far, today is a good day.

Today I am grateful to wake up and say my prayers.

Today I am grateful for the reflection of the day.

Today I am grateful for connecting with my sponsor.

Today I am grateful for being honest.

Today I am grateful for the healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I did some things I had procrastinated.

Today I am grateful I went to the gym.

Today I am grateful I am doing this list.

Each action has fed in to the next. After this list I will meditate. After that, some more connection with family, friends and fellows. At the same time I am growing spiritually either through improving my conscious contact with God or through the practicing of spiritual principles.