Attitude With a Capital A!

Maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” is not always easy, but it can offset any “dark” thoughts I may have. It is true that I have done things in recovery that I never would have believed that I had the courage to do, like confronting my issues, or making amends face to face with those who are angry with me. Expressing my anger, or dealing with hurt feelings is something I was not good at before recovery. Now I work at finding the right words, so I can be honest with myself and others. If I can’t be true to myself, my recovery will never be solid. Feeling sorry for myself usually means that I am holding others hostage for my feelings. I am responsible for me, period. Action gets me moving, and moving gets me out of any rut I find myself in. I have to do something – the Program has a multitude of suggestions, just think of the slogans on the walls of the Fellowship halls: Think, Think, Think; Easy Does It; Live and Let Live; One Day at a Time; Let Go and Let God; I Can’t, God Can, so let Him – to name a few. We watched the sunset over the horizon…the picture is below. It put my life into perspective. How do you keep an attitude of gratitude?

Tonight's Sunset 3/7/16
Tonight’s Sunset 3/7/16

9 thoughts on “Attitude With a Capital A!

  1. My soul rests with you, my Anamchara.

    We simply don’t have control over everything that happens in our lives and in reality we have only a bit of control over a precious few things.
    So are our lives unmanageable?
    For the most part, yes!
    For the practicing alcoholic, nearly all.

    So when we come to step one and we are confronted with the question of being powerless over alcohol, the response is obvious and unavoidable.
    But yes, there is the 2nd part to step one: that our lives have become unmanageable.
    Of course my greatest unmanageability was becoming drunk.
    You see, I never intended for this to happen but it happened repeatedly.
    Is this unmanageability?
    You bet your boots!

    Did I intend to have a mental obsession about when I was going to be able to get another drink of liquor?
    No I didn’t intend it but there it was.

    Lots of people say this is unmanageability.

    Lots of people say this is an aspect of a form of insanity.

    In what state of mind was the prodigal son when he, “came to his senses”?

    I screamed a “silent scream” into the universe, “I have to have peace”.

    God as I understand him, in his great mercy blesses me.

    I’m Harry, grateful alcoholic and devoted 12th stepper.

  2. I try maintaining an attitude of gratitude by thinking about where and how it was and where I am and what it’s like now but yes, it slips away on occasion as i get angry and tired, hungry or lonely. However i have these steps to help me focus and keep me right sized. Prayers going out for all of you here.

  3. Gratitude?
    Since you asked…
    The way I was taught; nothing fancy or unique.
    I keep a gratitude list, with a separate section devoted to my wife.
    I recite things I am grateful for, making it up as I go along, until my mood shifts…and I keep going a wee while longer.
    I pray, gratefully acknowledging the Gift of Grace all around and through us.
    As I do this, my emotional state alters; this is the Divine at work in my life.
    Grateful for the Gift

  4. I have finally learned in recovery that nothing is happening to me, it’s happening for me. If I embrace and believe that I am loved by a sovereign, graceful, merciful and tender Father, all the things I consider hardship, even those as difficult as losing a loved one, are teaching me something that will make my life useful to Him and for others. No doubt I don’t always act in accord with what I believe, but when I do, gratitude wells up to overflowing.

    Sobriety has no doubt given me much, but among the greater gifts is the fact that I’m no longer offended when I’m confronted with hardship or disappointment or setbacks. I’ve learned trust the only way Jack was going to learn it: the hard way!

  5. Top of the morning family,
    Schaweeeet Pic!
    Today, forgive me for taking so many blessings for granted.
    What I don’t know, Divine Mercy knows.
    My misery, His mercy.
    It’s a good day to have good day.

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