It is that time of year for me to make another Gratitude list. I make one every year for Thanksgiving, and anytime during the year when I am feeling down or depressed. I try to focus on “what is right” in my life instead of “what is wrong”. A Gratitude list is a list of what I am Grateful for.
I have had a journal or diary all my life. Reading and writing have always been my way of escaping the realities of life. I highly recommend it to all. Mine have helped me immensely to understand my feelings, and to have peace and serenity, and it also has helped me to work through my problems.
My Gratitude List:
2. Loving and forgiving family, who love me no matter what.
3. Loving and forgiving friends, who love me just as I am.
4. Country founded on God and Christian principles, that allows us to be free from satan and communism.
5. Family Traditions that my Mother and Father and Step Dad have kept alive for us.
6. Responsible and Reliable parents, who always put our needs above their own.
7. Our beautiful home that my parent’s worked hard to provide for us.
8. All of our wonderful memories of celebrating the holidays together.
9. For all the wonderful memories and time spent with my Mother, who left us not willingly, but because God was ready for her to come home. She was 84, and she had a blessed life, and she blessed everyone that she met. She was loved by all. This will be my first Thanksgiving without her, and with my selfish wants and needs would be to have her here with us, but I must be unselfish and be grateful that she is no longer suffering and happy with her family and friends.
10. For all my good memories of what a Christian, loving, responsible, father and step dad, that God blessed me with.
11. For my wonderful husband, that God blessed me with six years, that loves me no matter what.
12. For Bill Wilson and Doctor Robert Smith, who gave us a program to live by, with the twelve steps and twelve traditions, and the Big Book, to teach us how to be sober and to have serenity living life on life’s terms.
I will stop there, even though I probably could go on and on about all the things that I am grateful for. If you notice, I didn’t list material possessions first. I have read another blog that posted about gratitude, but the whole post is about the “material” things that they are grateful for, and the whole post was about herself. In one of our programs we are taught that, “Addicts worship things, instead of people.”
- Attitude of Gratitude (justwriting2012.wordpress.com)
- Tradition of Gratitude (pureandsimpleblog.com)
- November 2012 Monthly Meditation: Gratitude & Thanks (shcj.wordpress.com)