What’s the opposite of self-pity? Gratitude!! I am grateful to be alive, I am grateful to be sober, I am grateful . . .etc. The world is not conspiring to beat me up, it really could care less. Once I got off the pity pot, I could begin the process of recovery. I found that it was up to me to change if I did not want to continue being lost in the mire of my addiction to alcohol. I came to realize that I had choices, I could live a useful life of sobriety and recovery, or, I could continue to bemoan my lot in life, and hold others responsible for my poor status in life. Yes, I had a rough childhood; and yes, I have a disease – I HAVE a disease, it does not have me. There are solutions, there is promise, there is always hope.♥♥♥

Photo courtesy of Mark S.
Photo courtesy of Mark S.

5 thoughts on “HOPE

  1. Someone threw me of barb yesterday; you know what a barb is if you have climbed over many barbed wire fences.
    I was challenged concerning smugness but first I had to find out what it was. It falls in the category of selfish self-centeredness and shows itself as aloofness or better than everyone else-ness. You probably have seen a few.
    This morning I have been bombarded by reminders from all sides related to humility.
    After 28 years of trying to be on the beam and trying to stay on focus in the spiritual program of Alcoholics Anonymous I sometimes feel myself thinking I am more advanced than others so I need many reminders similar to what my original sponsor gave me when he told me, “Harry, you’re just a garden-variety alcoholic”. I need to know without doubt that we have barely scratched the surface in the world of spirituality. I must acknowledge being in kindergarten.
    One thing I know; this program won’t let up on me.
    For that I am thankful.

    I visit a website every morning: National Geographic Photo of the Day and this morning it reminds me of having a different perspective and seeing things more with higher power and purpose and perhaps with worthwhile-ness.

    Here is today’s picture. 🙂

  2. For me, gratitude is the cure for many negative emotions. Gratitude triumphs self pity. After making a gratitude list it is hard to be selfish. Or dishonest. Or fearful. Or resentful. Or angry. Or jealous.
    I am grateful for my sobriety. I am grateful for the tools of the program. I am grateful for meetings, both f2f and electronic. I am grateful for all of you.

  3. With my present circumstances and challenges it would be easy to fall into self pity and the fear of the unknown, or I can be grateful for this opertunity for growth.
    I try to remember that right now everything is just the way it is supposed to be. I know I won’t be given more than I can handle at any time.
    I just need to hang in there!

  4. Top of the morning electronic family,
    Front site on target! I dig on Hope,(He Offers Peace Eternally).
    No matter how much life changes, I’m thankful for the gift of optimism through my faith in Him. Divine Mercy will never reject anyone. Its contingent on weather I accept Him.
    When I walk in the light of the spirit; triumphant arch through which we passed to freedom, I’ve been given the grace of living in harmony with myself, others, and society.

    “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou

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