GRATITUDE: nothing is trite
A SoberTool User writes: "Gratitude is one of the most spectacular feelings of the human being.
Gratitude makes everything I have right now, not what I once had or will ever have,
enough to make me feel privileged. So that I don't make something that seems trite as trite,
because nothing is trite. Whether you are reading this now, downloading this app, having
access to the internet at home, at work, or passing somewhere, that seems like the most trite
thing in the world, seems to be the most normal and simple thing in the world, but it's not.
Being Alive is not commonplace, having your brain working allowing you to be conscious,
aware, talking, moving your muscles and limbs is not commonplace.
And this perception, this exercise of taking what seems basic, that seems normal and
understanding that this is a great privilege, allows us to give more value to what we have.
This doesn't mean you can't dream anymore, you can want more, but definitely thinking
that what you already have isn't worthwhile or worthless is a waste of being alive.
And in this process of gratitude for valuing what I have I stimulate my brain,
I lower my blood pressure, thus less health risks. I release more hormones that allow
my social interaction to be better, I can increase the production of neurotransmitters
in my brain that has to do with the issue of happiness, decision making and better focus.
The more grateful I am, the happier I am with my current situation. I am not shopping
with the past, I am not looking forward to the future.
I'm here and now. And this is the only mental time that exists.
When I get lost in the past or future, I increase the risk of anxiety and depression.
My feeling when I'm grateful is of belonging. ”
Yesterday at the AA meeting in testimony,
I made the reflection:
Because sitting here in the meeting is a privilege, this means I had the health to come here
and being here demonstrates that I am no longer alcohol’s victim. I am on the journey of
sobriety ... this is not trite, This is a privilege, it is a blessing.
AA has helped me to look at life with gratitude, to see the simple, to value every 24 hours.
I am at Peace, away from Alcohol.
And if everything I've been through serves as a spark of hope for you to embark on the journey
of sobriety, it's a blessing!
If you are reading this, you are struggling to embark on a splendid journey.
I have eternal gratitude for being able to encourage you to continue.
Much Peace, Light and Gratitude"
In this moment I will focus on being grateful. I will take nothing for granted. Not anxious, not depressed, certainly not hopeless or worthless, for I am grateful for simply being sober. Indeed a grateful addict is a sober addict!