Gratitude List 19/04/2019

Gratitude List 19/04/2019

Today I am grateful I woke up and got to see my children sleeping so peacefully. Love them so much.

Today I am grateful for lighting this candle, what it meant for me and the connection I felt….

Today I am grateful for the inspiring messages I get to read on a daily basis.

I’m also grateful I no longer resent these types of messages.

Today I am grateful for the food I have eaten. Many in the world aren’t so blessed.

Today I am grateful for this cheeky, inquisite fella…..

Today I am grateful for a powerful meeting. The experience, strength, hope and honesty was amazing.

Today I am grateful I am not so quick to judge. I still have to remind myself but it is so much better.

Today I am grateful for another good day. Both abstinent and progressive.

Today I am grateful my plans for the long weekend do not revolve around my compulsions, but around recovery and the people I love instead.

Today I am grateful for big electric screens….

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Gratitude List 18/04/2019 None are perfect but…..

Gratitude List 18/04/2019

None are perfect but…..

Today I am grateful for my sanity.

Today I am grateful for my serenity.

Today I am grateful for my mobility.

Today I am grateful grateful for my opportunities.

Today I am grateful for my choices.

Today I am for my acceptance.

Today I am grateful for my courage.

Today I am grateful for my freedom.

Today I am grateful for my abstinence.

Today I am grateful for my recovery.

Today I am grateful for my progression.

Today I am grateful for my health.

Today I am grateful for my energy.

Today I am grateful for my senses.

Today I am grateful for my spirituality.

Today I am grateful for my positivity.

Today I am grateful for my humility.

Today I am grateful for my faith.

Today I am grateful for my hope.

Today I am grateful for my life.

Gratitude List 14/04/2019: Recovery

Gratitude List 14/04/2019

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I’m able to meet a challenge with calmness and composure.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I can be there for someone who needs my support.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I haven’t wasted any time today.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I am more patient and tolerant towards my children.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I am able to show love and forgiveness.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I can put food on the table for my family.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I have some answers.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I have humility and a faith in a greater power than myself.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I am as happy and as serene as I can remember.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means I have hope.

Today I am grateful I am in recovery. It means this list could go on and on.

Gratitude List 08/04/2019: Dealing with Fear

Gratitude List 08/04/2019

A great day yesterday full of happiness and serenity surrounded a 15 minute period of fear. Fear is crippling. Whilst in existence, fear can take away that happiness and serenity and replace it with projection, worry and concern. Thankfully, the Recovery Program has given me several tools which allow me to best deal with fear.

My list today relates to these tools. Tools that I lived the majority of my adult life without. Yesterday’s fear was small in comparison to others I have had to deal with and I didn’t need to use all the tools listed below. But even the smallest fears can have a negative effect on my spiritual well-being, so knowing how to rid myself of them is a beautiful thing.

Today I am grateful that through experience I can safely say that fears are rarely what I build them up to be. ‘What was I worried about?’ is often the arising question when reality actually plays its part.

Today I am grateful I am aware of the simple fact that my greater power doesn’t wish fear on me. Therefore, my self-will must have taken the reigns. From that awareness, reconnection to my greater power is essential.

Today I am grateful I have a specific prayer I can utilise in order to hand over any fears that enter my mind. No matter the fear, letting go is an action I can always do. Quite simply, it can be that easy.

Today I am grateful I can close my eyes and meditate in order to connect further and await my greater power’s guidance. The connection takes me out of self-mode. The guidance will invariably lead to further action.

Today I am grateful I can pick up the phone and talk to somebody. Sharing is so helpful with regards to fear. One thing I know for sure – trying to surpress them doesn’t work.

Today I am grateful I can write about it. There is some unexplained magic in getting things down on paper but the simple process means I am admitting the fear to myself. I’m acknowledging it’s existence instead of denying it.

Today I am grateful I can recognise and accept fears that I have no control over. Most of these are either future based or based on the actions of others. Fully accepting there is nothing I can do goes a long way.

Today I am grateful there are times when I can take action. Action that will relieve the fear somewhat – being honest with someone for example or going to the doctors to get checked out. Faith without works dies. My greater power won’t do something I can do myself.

Today I am grateful for the self knowledge I have gained over the last couple of years or so. Knowing Who I Am along with some knowledge of fear itself means I know what to look out for and what part of me played it’s part.

Today I am grateful for the pages within the Big Book that speak of fear. Like the rest of the book, the words make sense to me. I can relate to them entirely. Knowing I’m not alone is vital.

Today I am grateful for the many experiences which have proved the above tools work! Each success adds to the faith I have in their ability to squash fear and return me to serene state of mind.

Gratitude List 02/04/2019: Life

Gratitude List 02/04/2019

Today I am grateful for the life that surrounds me. Not forgetting life is a miracle, I look around and its everywhere!

Today I am grateful for the blue skies and warming sun – albeit glimpses! Together they seem to make London a happier place.

Today I am grateful that when I close my eyes and reflect, my thoughts are currently happy and serene.

Today I am grateful to relax and watch the world go by, being mindful of what I can see, smell, hear and feel.

Today I am grateful I am not running away from my responsibilities. I am not escaping reality.

Today I am grateful to walk down the road with no rush or haste in my step. I’m at ease. It’s bliss.

Today I am grateful the song I’m listening to reminds me of Mont Roig, Catalunya. A special place for so many reasons.

Today I am grateful for the smile on my face, the peace in my mind and the love in my heart. I’ve experienced losing all three.

Today I am grateful for my girlfriend’s head resting on my shoulder.

Today I am grateful I am enjoying life.

Gratitude List 30/03/2019: A Fantastic day so far

Gratitude List 30/03/2019

Today I am grateful to wake up on this beautiful morning. The sun is out and the birds are loving it. So am I.

Today I am grateful to hear the sound of my daughter’s footsteps coming down the stairs. Or should I say stomping!

Today I am grateful for the courage my girlfriend has shown. She is inspirational.

Today I am grateful my son is developing into a fine young man. He has many qualities I am striving for myself.

Today I am grateful we sat down together at the table for breakfast. Absolutely love these family moments.

Today I am grateful for the time I get to spend with the people I love. I appreciate every single second.

Today I am grateful for their lives, health, safety, security and love.

Today I am grateful for smiling and laughing so much today. Great company, great weather, great fun.

Today I am grateful I have just been offered a ticket for the second test match at the new Spurs ground.

Today I am grateful I live just 20 minutes away….. And that I have a very understanding girlfriend!!

Amazing new stadium!

Bbq time!

Gratitude List 27/03/2019: Self-love

Gratitude List 27/03/2019

Self-love – regard for one’s own well-being and happiness

Good morning all. Presently, I am looking after myself – mentally, physically and spiritually and it feels good. I say presently, because I know through a lifetime’s worth of experience how easily it can change. The difference today is I have some tools which I believe can prolong and also enhance this feeling of self-love.

Today I am grateful I am currently eating better. I’ve come to realise how much and how badly I eat in between meals and how insane my thinking can be around it all. Today is just my 9th day abstinent from snacking but I feel so much better for it. I am also aware of trying to fill my body with decent, nutritious food (and drink) that is good for me.

Today I am grateful I am growing spiritually. Whether it be through prayer and meditation, reading inspirational literature or the practicing of spiritual principles like honesty, kindness and love. By doing so I am filling my mind with peace, happiness, gratitude and serenity as well as improving my conscious contact with God as I understand Him.

Today I am grateful I have the willingness to learn. I want to learn something new, like a new language. I fully admit I haven’t properly started yet and it’s all words no action but at least the desire is there. What I am doing on a daily basis is remaining teachable. Life is a daily education and today I am open to learn from both the ups and the downs.

Today I am grateful I have started to exercise a little more. I am conscious of the need to remain active, even if its getting off my chair and walking around a bit, walking up the escalators or doing a bit of gardening. I’ve gone back to the gym but I need to get back for the second time before I lose momentum – I know what I’m like!

Today I am grateful I have started to look after my health by getting myself to the doctor when I need to. In the past I would surpress my fears and simply hope the pain or discomfort would go away. Today I am more willing to get the professional help I need. Next up, the dentist!

Today I am grateful I choose to look becomingly. Well, I wouldn’t say I took too much care at 5:30 this morning but I and my clothes are at the very least washed and clean. I still need to take the time to sort out my crazy hair but it’s a far cry from the dishevelled look I used to grace the world with!

Today I am grateful I am filling the voids of my day with positive action. No longer am I wasting time doing s**t (sorry couldn’t think of a more appropriate word) that does nothing for my personal growth. I have a busy life so these moments are precious to me.

Today I am grateful that if I was to dissect myself right now I’d like to think my body is predominantly full of goodness. Goodness in terms of my mentality, my physicality and my spirituality.