Gratitude that is.
In my experience that is.
It arrives when I’m not expecting it, leaves when I’m not paying attention to it and returns when I most need it.
You see Sobriety has given me a life. A wonderful, busy, creative, worth living life. Sometimes I am so grateful I can barely breathe but fickle soul that I am, sometimes I lose my Gratitude for a bit and that’s when I start to feel like my tide is out.
Daily maintenance is the key to keeping my head above water in my Sobriety and this also applies to my approach to Gratitude.
Writing a Gratitude List is my favourite way of keeping my spirit afloat. At the end of a day I lie in bed and ponder over all of the things in my life I am gratfeul for then journal them in my favourite note book. There is something so solid about seeing them in black and white that even the biggest pity potty would be washed right out to sea.
My second trick is is to stay present. Dont sway from past to future. If I am feeling fearful or ungrateful I can close my eyes for 20 seconds, open them and just look around me to witness right there and then how much my life has changed in the past four and a half years. No matter what is happening in that moment, even if the waves are crashing all around me I have a choice in how I respond, and I can be thankful for everything that is in my life right now and more importantly for the things that aren’t.