I know all of us anti-AA people used to rightfully hate it when sheeple uttered that phrase because they used it in the context of “You should be grateful for this wonderful program and the wonderful
12 steps that have enabled you to be sober and to discover a life like no other, blah, blah, blah. PHOOEY- You are sober because you made the decision to become so, not because of anything else!
That being said, however, I don’t think there is anything wrong with being grateful for the good things in your life. Granted, you should absolutely be the one taking the credit for many if not most of the things that YOU accomplish, but there are plenty for which you played no part, yet being grateful for those things is also the right thing to do.
I can rattle off a whole plethora of those things whose existence many take for granted that I utilize within minutes of waking up each morning. Most of them were thanks to some creative and brilliant inventor who came up with these marvelous ideas that make our lives so much more pleasant thus enabling us to spend time pursuing whatever else we want to. Hell, I can even start before I wake up and point to that comfy mattress with the comfy pillows that enable me to get my restful 5 hours of sleep every night.
Then there is that nifty little thing called running hot water that makes facing the day that much more bearable (think showers, COFFEE, etc.) The toothbrush, the razor, the soap, shampoo and cereal I eat afterwards, Hell even the bowl that I put the cereal in, all were thought up by someone other than me and I take full advantage of these fantastic
I’m grateful that I live in a country where all of those above “simple” conveniences are available. People take these things for granted, they really do. Go to a really poor 3rd world country and finding any of those conveniences is a challenge if even possible at all.
So many people bitch about the country where they live in; the politics, the economy, and on and on. If it’s so bad, then leave! It’s a Hell of a lot worse in most other places.
Anyway, I was at this amazing street fair located along Main Street and then extending to the park that’s right on the ocean when I got to thinking about how very cool all of these things that we take for granted really are and how I should be more “grateful”for all of it. There was delicious food, arts and crafts tents, great live music all weekend, ridiculous water views, Frisbee catching dogs, and on and on. I’m grateful to
the people who invented the Frisbees the dogs were catching, the guitars the guys were playing, the volunteers who gave their time, etc…The list really could be endless.
Speaking of people, I’m grateful to my parents for the love and opportunities they afforded me. My friends who didn’t abandon me when times were tough and the new ones I’ve made now that times are better; My children, for whom I will do anything to make their world a happier place; my fiancé Jill who is the most loving, considerate, encouraging and selfless person I have ever met and to YOU who are reading this.
Lastly, I am grateful that I found within myself the ability to see through the darkness of my self-imposed Hell before it was too late, all of these wonderful things in life and the world that make the mosaic of existence an utterly fantastic thing of unlimited potential for joy, growth and love.
So yes, I think that having an “attitude of gratitude” towards the right things, is a pretty good way to be.