“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” ― Oprah Winfrey
Meditation About Being Thankful
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many people tend to reflect on what they are thankful for. For the addict or alcoholic who may be new in recovery or not happy, being thankful can sometimes be the furthest thing from their minds. On the other hand, if we don’t change our attitude from a negative to a positive, we run a great risk of either spreading our misery or picking up a drink or a drug.
Being thankful for the things we do have, or don’t have, is really shown in our gratitude. Our gratitude not only shows in our attitude, but our actions as well. Never being grateful, thankful or satisfied with the things we have, or don’t have, eventually will leave us empty and dissatisfied with our recovery. The moment we become dissatisfied with our recovery, the moment a drink or a drug looks like it may fix things.
Nobody likes the constant victim and complainer and if you are one of them, you may want to stop and check your foot work. This is the person who always plays the victim and uses the rooms as a dumping ground for all their problems with no regard to how others feel or what they may be going through. They rarely have a real problem (unless they created it) and when they do have a real problem they feel justified in the self-pitting and unrealistic expectation of what they deserve out of life and the people in it.
Life happens and it happens to all of us. Some are tragic and some are glorious, but one thing is for sure, being thankful for this day can change not only our attitude, but those around us. Ever hear the phrase misery loves company? Positive happy people will not want to stick around you long if they feel their thankful attitude is being taken from them and their energy drained. If you are constantly miserable I challenge you to check your selfish meter. Is your misery all about how you feel and what is happening to you? If the answer is yes, I invite you to try something different. Do something kind for others, listen instead of speak, help instead of take, be there for others today and see if your attitude changes for the better. Being thankful is about how we show our gratitude. Be about the action and let the results take care of themselves.
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