Gratitude List 29/06/2019

Gratitude List 29/06/2019

Today I am grateful for the English weather. Sometimes cold, sometimes hot, sometimes wet, sometimes dry and highly possible to experience all four seasons in one day. But it’s rarely severe to the point lives are lost.

Today I am grateful to be up with the birds and on my way to better myself with some recovery work. An early morning spiritual gym workout!

Today I am grateful my willingness to put in diligent effort is as strong as it was when I started my spiritual journey two and a bit years ago.

Today I am grateful to be able to close my eyes wherever I am (currently on a bus) and improve my conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation.

Today I am grateful for how much God has been speaking to me (through God’s conscience – gut instinct) and for how much I have been listening to him.

Today I am grateful for recently witnessing how recovery has helped people come through some very difficult times. It’s absolutely miraculous.

Today I am grateful for who I am. For my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. My outlook upon my self has completely changed.

Today I am grateful that despite with being happy with who I am, I will not stop working. For two reasons, one I can still progress further – I am no saint, and two if I stop I will surely degress.

Today I am grateful that one thought of recovery and all of a sudden my gratitude list goes off on another spiritual tangen. I started with the weather! Can’t help it! I have so much gratitude for it.

Today I am grateful for all the poeple in my life who have helped shape me into the person I am today. Good or bad experiences, I have learnt from you all.

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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 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 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 20/03/2019: They call it the present because it’s a gift.

Gratitude List 20/03/2019

This may seem a little cryptic but there’s a message in there somewhere. I promise!

Being present means I get to experience and enjoy what I am doing, where I am and who I am with. But in the past, my mind loved to wander. My thinking would go into overdrive and before I knew it, the time had passed and the moment had gone. This could stretch on for hours. I’m sure whole days have passed where my mind and spirit didn’t once truly experience what my body was going through. My mind can still wander on a daily basis, but it’s getting better. This morning I was walking down the road and I noticed my mind was with me, feeling each step, hearing the noises around me and seeing what my eyes were looking at. I walk that same route every day yet it felt like it was a new experience – something I’ve never done before. Being completely present doesn’t come natural to me, most of the time it’s a conscious effort, so when I am, it almost feels like an outer body experience.

Today I am grateful that when I was walking down the road, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was listening, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was sitting on the tube, so too was my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was eating my lunch, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was at a meeting, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was reading, so too was my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I looked out the window, so too were my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I gave a hug, so too did my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful that when I was praying, so too was my mind and spirit.

Today I am grateful for my recovery. The work I have put in has freed my mind from over thinking and enabled me to have a day like this – to truly experience what I am going through. By doing so I have found a whole new level of appreciation and gratitude towards the most simple things that previously passed me by without me noticing them.

Gratitude List 18/03/2019: Take the time.

Gratitude List 18/03/2019

Take the time.

My list today refers to simple every-day moments. The reason why they appear on my gratitude list is because they haven’t always played a part in my life. My illness was all consuming. Including time. I would rarely take the time to do anything else. Today I have the time, so why not use it.

Today I am grateful I put my phone down, turned the TV off and took the time to play charades with my daughter.

Today I am grateful I took the time to read before going to sleep.

Today I am grateful I stopped what I was doing and took the time to take a call from a friend looking for advice.

Today I am grateful I didn’t act on impulse and instead took the time to choose a healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to say Grace before eating said healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to wish my dad and nephew a happy birthday.

Today I am grateful I stopped thinking about what I wanted to say and took the time to give my girlfriend my full attention when she was speaking to me.

Today I am grateful I recognised a void and took the time to reach out and connect with like-minded fellows, family and friends.

Today I am grateful I took the time to pray and meditate before trying to help my son.

Today I am grateful I grasped the opportunity whilst commuting and took the time to do this list.

Gratitude List 18/03/2019: Take the time.

Gratitude List 18/03/2019

Take the time.

My list today refers to simple every-day moments. The reason why they appear on my gratitude list is because they haven’t always played a part in my life. My illness was all consuming. Including time. I would rarely take the time to do anything else. Today I have the time, so why not use it.

Today I am grateful I put my phone down, turned the TV off and took the time to play charades with my daughter.

Today I am grateful I took the time to read before going to sleep.

Today I am grateful I stopped what I was doing and took the time to take a call from a friend looking for advice.

Today I am grateful I didn’t act on impulse and instead took the time to choose a healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to say Grace before eating said healthy breakfast.

Today I am grateful I took the time to wish my dad and nephew a happy birthday.

Today I am grateful I stopped thinking about what I wanted to say and took the time to give my girlfriend my full attention when she was speaking to me.

Today I am grateful I recognised a void and took the time to reach out and connect with like-minded fellows, family and friends.

Today I am grateful I took the time to pray and meditate before trying to help my son.

Today I am grateful I grasped the opportunity whilst commuting and took the time to do this list.