Gratitude List 12/06/2019

Gratitude List 12/06/2019

Today I am grateful for my abstinence. Without it, recovery and life as I know would not be possible.

Today I am grateful for my senses. I am currently able to see, hear, smell, taste, touch and connect.

Today I am grateful to have home to return to this evening. I have a shower to get under and a bed to get into.

Today I am grateful for how a friends fortunes have changed. He’s gone from living in his car to piloting an airplane.

Today I am grateful that when the forecasted rain arrives this afternoon I have shelter to go to and a coat to wear.

Today I am grateful for the breakfast I am about to eat. A breakfast that is both tasty and nutritious for my body.

Today I am grateful to be doing this list which in turn is feeding my spirit and mind. I cannot ignore my spiritual health.

Today I am grateful for the thousands of people who share their experience, strength, hope, knowledge and philosophy.

Today I am grateful I really do have water on tap. So many millions do not have this simple and often forgotten blessing.

Today I am grateful for my beating heart, my functioning brain, my breathing lungs. I am blessed with the miracle of life.

Gratitude List 07/06/2019: Step up

Gratitude List 07/06/2019

This week my recovery has reached a new level. I feel great. It’s no coincidence that this progression corresponds with me increasing my efforts.

Today I am grateful to be alive because life is worth living.

Today I am grateful I desire to make the most of my God given time.

Today I am grateful my present gives me hope.

Today I am grateful for the love and kindness I get to witness and feel.

Today I am grateful for the spiritual growth I am experiencing.

Today I am grateful I tend to see the good in people.

Today I am grateful for my level of self-love.

Today I am grateful, that with my senses, I get to enjoy what is beautiful.

Today I am grateful to be part of something magical.

Today I am grateful for the smile on my face.

Gratitude List 06/06/2019: Transformation

Gratitude List 06/06/2019

Sometimes an experience really highlights how far I’ve come. Rewind a bit and this particular experience would have led to:

– having and instant resentment and a reaction of frustration, arrogance and judgement.
– a phonecall where I would’ve made things much worse.
– me lying awake thinking about all the things I should’ve said and all the proving points I should’ve put across.
– my subsequent mood effecting the loved ones around me who have nothing to do with it.
– an emotional hangover where I wished I hadn’t acted the way I did, whilst simultaneously justifying it.

Today I am grateful my experience wasn’t like the above but instead went something like this….

– first of all, the resentment itself wasn’t too strong – tolerance, consideration, understanding, humility and forgiveness had already kicked into action.
– there seemed to be a buffer in time between the harm and my reaction allowing myself to stay calm and composed.
– I didn’t call and make things worse, guidance came from within to wait until the morning.
– I slept peacefully.
– I awoke in a serene place, no hangover to contend with. Said my prayers asking how I can be of best use to those in my life.
– before I had a chance to call, the call came to me. I let them speak, they said what was needed. I didn’t need to rub it in.
– there was no expectation of an apology. It didn’t come completely. That’s their inventory not mine.

Today I am grateful, as a result:

– I am heading to work with a smile on my face and peace of mind.
– I haven’t made things worse.
– I haven’t made another feel like s**t. My ego could have easily done so.
– I remain connected to both the programme and my greater power which together continue to work miracles.

Today I am grateful for all the things that have made this transformation possible – see yesterday’s list – Not Mine

😊💪🏻🙏🏻👍🏻❤

Gratitude List 30/05/2019: Magical book

Gratitude List 30/05/2019

Direct lifts from a magical little book.

*”Questions and Answers about the problem of Compulsive Gambling and the GA Recovery Programme”*

Today I am grateful for the word ‘and’.

*”11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?”*

Today I am grateful for this particular question, for me the answer hits home hard.

*”The fellowship of Gamblers Anononymous is the outgrowth of a chance meeting…..”*

Today I am grateful for that “chance meeting”. Little did they know.

*”…. compulsive gambling is an illness, progressive in its nature, which can never be cured, but can be arrested.”*

Today I am grateful for the words “never”, “but” and “can”.

*”Many GA members went through terrifying experiences…….”*

Today I am grateful I am one of “many”, I was not alone.

*”…. small bet experiments, always with disastrous results.”*

Today I am grateful for the word “always”.

*”Most of us feel that a belief in a power greater than ourselves is necessary in order for us to sustain a desire to refrain from gambling.”*

Today I am grateful I am one of “us”.

*”These same people have often found the GA programme a guide to spiritual progress towards the elimination of character defects.”*

Today I am grateful I have “found” the same.

*”How does a person stop gambling through the GA programme?”*

Today I am grateful this – the most important question is in the book….. Followed by the answer.

*”They enable us and thousands of others to lead happy, productive lives.”*

Today I am grateful to be one of the “thousands”.

I could’ve done a whole list on just the first couple of pages. Maybe I will one day. An amazing book, and once I started to REALLY read it and take it in, the words sprung off the page and opened my eyes, heart and mind to this fellowship And programme.

🙏🏻😊👍🏻❤💪🏻

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 28/05/2019

Gratitude List 28/05/2019

Today I am grateful for the reminders of my powerlessness over certain things.

Today I am grateful for the reminders of where my illness can take me (has taken me).

Today I am grateful there is a solution out there, and that I have been guided through it.

Today I am grateful I am currently working the solution – recovery, unity, service.

Today I am grateful there is always room for improvement.

Today I am grateful for my daily inventory which highlights the things I can do better.

Today I am grateful that my recovery is spilling over into my life outside of the meetings.

Today I am grateful I predominantly sticking to my lane and not venturing into others. (thanks Steve)

Today I am grateful for the lack of fear and resentment I have to suffer in my life.

Today I am grateful to be living a life beyond my wildest dreams. One, a few years ago, I never thought possible.

💪🏻👍🏻🙏🏻😊❤

Gratitude List 27/05/2019: Mindfulness

Gratitude List 27/05/2019

As I sat in the garden I practiced some mindful meditation – focusing on what I can feel, hear, see and smell.

Today I am grateful for the clouds above, ever reminding me of the planet I am sitting on.

Today I am grateful for glimpses of sun that bring warmth to my skin.

Today I am grateful for the sound of the birds singing and the flapping of their wings.

Today I am grateful for the sparrows who seem to be doing a little dance in the plant covered floor.

Today I am grateful for the sound of buzzing bees feeding off the Fairy Glove’s pollen.

Today I am grateful for the feeling of my feet on the ground, connecting with the earth.

Today I am grateful for the fresh air going through my nose and down to my lungs.

Today I am grateful for the smell of the freshly washed washing on the line.

Today I am grateful for my aching body after a second session at the gym.

Today I am grateful for the serenity in my heart and mind.

Today I am grateful I remembered to take the food out of the oven!!!!