Thursday, November 27, 2014
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home...--Melody Beattie
"An attitude of gratitude," we sometimes hear, will help us on our path. There certainly are enough things for us to worry about, grieve over, and complain about. They have their place. But as we mature and no longer use addictive escapes, we learn that joy can exist side by side with grief. Gratitude is a tonic for our self-pity. Saying "thank you" actually opens us to receive more of life's blessings, which sit there waiting for us to notice.
In a pleasant moment we can look around and say, "Aren't we lucky!" That's a kind of prayer, and it connects us with our Higher Power. No matter how painful or worrisome a day may be, we can be thankful for our growth. Gratitude is so simple we sometimes dismiss it while looking for a more complicated answer in our lives. We can say "thank you" for all the simple things like trees, cool air, food, and love between people. It is a risk to be so grateful. Who will be in control? Perhaps our Higher Power.
Higher Power, thank you for all that comes to me without my efforts.
From Touchstones: A Book of Daily Meditations for Men ©
Twenty-Four Hours a Day
Keep It Simple
Gratitude is our most direct line to our Higher Power and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. The more we seek gratitude, the more reason the angels will give us for gratitude and joy to exist in
Action for the Day: Today, I givings thanks to my Higher Power and the Universe for the many blessings in my life.
One Day At A Time
I am grateful not only for sobriety, but for the quality of life my sobriety has brought.
God has been gracious enough to give me sober days and a life blessed with peace and contentment, as well as the ability to give and receive love, and the opportunity to serve others -- in our Fellowship, my family and my community.
For all of this, I have a "full and thankful heart."
- Daily Reflections, p. 93
Thought to Ponder . . .
There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude; a quiet joy.
AA-related 'Alconym' . . .
A A = Always Awesome.
The real power of gratitude comes not from merely saying you’re thankful, but from living your thankfulness. Now, and always, is when you do that.
Being thankful for your life means doing something beautiful and meaningful with it. It’s never too early or too late to start.
A life that taps into the awesome power of gratitude is a life that’s fully lived. Today is your opportunity to express your thanks by adding new substance, joy and meaning to life.
The way to truly give thanks is to live thanks. Remind yourself constantly how precious your life is, and live each day to give it the fulfillment it deserves.
Living your thankfulness opens your awareness to new possibilities. And in those new possibilities you’ll find even more ways to bring your thankfulness to life.
In ways large and small, with all kinds of people, in every conceivable situation, live your thanks. Make the positive, affirming magic of gratitude an everyday part of your world.
— Ralph Marston