Part 2 of the previous blog is forthcoming but I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge this day that means so much to most folks. Personally I don't think there is anything remotely wrong for being thankful or grateful for the good things that are going on in our lives. "Gratitude" is often viewed negatively by a large percentage of people who are were exposed to the 12-Step treatment model. The reason being, that in the AA rooms it is often pointed out that we should have "an attitude of gratitude" about everything. This extends all the way to "being grateful that we were alcoholics". Why? Because it was due to this fact that we had found the wonderful program of AA and were thus able to "live a life second to none!"
That's a bunch of rubbish. Having become dependent on ANYTHING just in order to get through the day is not something to be grateful for. It's just another AA ploy to brainshwash you into believing that "recovering one day at a time" for eternity in the halls of AA is some kind of "spiritual gift" and one for which we should be eternally grateful.
What it really is is just the exchange of one dependency for another.
Anyway, I'm grateful that I'm not "recovering" but that indeed I have recovered and am well into my 4th year of having done so. At this point in my life, I truly do believe that I am living a life 2nd to none based on the fact that for those three plus years, I have been the driving force behind the choices I make and the life that I lead.
Is everything in my life peaches and cream? Well no, far from it but it's pretty darned good and a far cry from what it was not so long ago.
So if you have recently made the decision to end your dependency, be grateful for YOUR courage to do so!
If you are at the point where you are only thinking about it, be grateful for the realization that you have freewill and that your past in no way dictates the decisions that you make now and going forward.
Life can be hard and life can be sweet, such is life. Take a moment to be grateful simply for the fact that if you are reading this, that you are an active part of it.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!