Gratitude List 28/06/2019

Gratitude List 28/06/2019

Addiction demanded so much of me. It demanded my time, my money, my thoughts, my sanity, my happiness. It demanded dishonesty, selfishness, fear and resentment. It demanded me to break relationships, lose trust and isolate. It demands I get nothing in return. Nothing.

Recovery made no such demands of me, in fact it made suggestions.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I attend meetings regularly.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I share how I am feeling.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I do service at the meetings.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I work through the 12 steps.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I do so with a sponsor.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I carry the message to another.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I am honest, open-minded and willing.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I believe in a power greater than myself.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I am loving, caring and forgiving.

Today I am grateful recovery suggests I complete a simple set of suggestions.

In comparison, these suggestions are far less taxing than the demands gambling made. Truthfully, they’re not taxing at all. They aren’t chores. They are blessed opportunities. Unlike addiction, I get an abundance in return – I get serenity, happiness, hope, humility, trust, maturity, faith, self-esteem, emotional security, purpose, tolerance, love, etc etc etc.

If only these suggestions were demands 😉

👍🏻💪🏻❤😊🙏🏻

Gratitude List 22/06/2019

Gratitude List 22/06/2019

Right now, I am exhausted and as a result I am super irritable. Time for some simple gratitude.

Today I am grateful I am not gambling.

Today I am grateful I have nothing to worry about.

Today I am grateful I am not in a rush.

Today I am grateful for the clothes on my back.

Today I am grateful for the food in the fridge.

Today I am grateful for my health.

Today I am grateful for the opportunities I have.

Today I am grateful for the beautiful weather this morning.

Today I am grateful I have plenty to be grateful for.

Today I am grateful I have some answers.

Today I am grateful I am alive, I have my freedom and I have my sanity.

Today I am grateful for each breath.

And hey presto! I feel much better! These gratitude lists, as well as other recovery tools I have gathered along the way, have the ability to change the direction of my day. All I need to do is surrender to God’s will when He plants a thought of action in my head, instead of of surrendering to my own self-will telling me not to bother.

Gratitude List 17/06/2019

Gratitude List 17/06/2019

Today I am grateful for my morning prayers. My first and vital practice of the day. One practice leads to another.

Today I am grateful to have prepared my lunch for the day. I need to stop buying take-out food and this helps hugely.

Today I am grateful for a hard truth from my partner. She did it with love and care in mind and today that’s how I received it.

Today I am grateful for my free coffee and croissant. Thank you Vodafone.

Today I am grateful I had the will (through my greater power) to hand the croissant to another.

Today I am grateful for the £1 in my pocket. Cards etc have been left at home so I don’t spend money unnecessarily.

Today I am grateful I gave this £1 to the man collecting money for the Children’s Hope Charity. It would have paid for a bag of crisps.

Today I am grateful to have spoken to my daughter this morning. I selfishly snapped at her this weekend, I wanted her to know how much I love her.

Today I am grateful to be sitting here doing this list and the serenity I am experiencing.

Today I am grateful for my abstinence and my current levels of sanity, motivation and happiness.

Gratitude List 09/03/2019: Loads to be grateful for by 8:15am.

Gratitude List 09/03/2019

Loads to be grateful for by 8:15am.

Today I am grateful for a good night’s sleep, even if I do share the bed with a recently skilled duvet hogger. 😉

Today I am grateful for waking up. I’m loving life at the moment and I would miss it dearly if it were taken away from me. A big contrast.

Today I am grateful for waking up with my senses, my serenity and my sanity.

Today I am grateful for sitting in this room, on this chair, with this coffee, looking out of this window into this garden.

Today I am grateful for the blue, great and coal tits which are feeding on the sunflower hearts. (if you zoom in you’ll just make out one)

Today I for my ability to see. Some aren’t as blessed. Maybe one day I won’t be. I’m going to do my upmost to appreciate it while I can.

Today I am grateful for the food in the cupboards which will provide us with breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in between if we wish.

Today I am grateful for the water (literally) on tap. Clean, refreshing, hot or cold. Without it couldn’t drink it, or use it to wash and clean.

Today I am grateful for this quiet half hour all be myself. I am blessed to be surrounded by loved ones today so this may be the only chance I get. I must use it wisely.

Today I am grateful for my sister whose birthday it is today. She is an incredibly loving person and closely resembles our incredibly loving mum. Looking forward to seeing her.