Gratitude is defined as
When I started recovery I was told to get into a routine. Every morning I would wake up make my bed, pray, and then write a gratitude list. Everyday I write down 5 things I am grateful for. The next day I write down five new things I am grateful for, trying not to repeat from the day before. This helped me realize and appreciate the little things in life. Such as having a place to rest your head at night or being able to eat everyday. These are things I took for granted growing up, but after living with alcoholism I now know nothing should be taken for granted and for me, being grateful for the little things is what helped me build my recovery foundation.
They have apps you can use to write your gratitude list, or you can just go old school with pen and paper. I like being able to go back and reread my gratitude lists. This helps me recognize patterns good or bad that I might need to address.
As I sit on an airplane headed to Vegas, for work, I have so much to be grateful for. I am grateful for my health, my loving family, having food to eat, a place to stay, and a job. I am also grateful for being an addict. The disease has torn me down, but I have been able to slowly rebuild my life. That is something I never thought I’d end up saying over a year later.
If you feel like giving up, do it tomorrow, because today we can do great things if we put our mind to it!