One of the principles of the Nar-Anon program is gratitude. Through gratitude, I can appreciate the good things in life. Some years ago, I was watching a TV show about gratitude. It suggested that our lives could be more successful if we focus on the positive things in life instead of the negative. We can change our thoughts, and this, in turn, changes our whole focus of life.

That day, I started a gratitude journal and wrote down five things that make me feel grateful. As I began focusing daily on gratitude, I noticed a difference in my attitude and in my life.

I learned that even in my darkest moments, there is something to be grateful for if I but take the time to acknowledge it. My worst days can then become better days. I can create a better life for myself by thinking positively because the negative thoughts do not overwhelm me as they had in the past. This daily exercise also brought with it the realization that the blessings in my life are limitless in every area: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. With that knowledge, I gain more confidence in myself and I make better choices.

Thought for Today: The Nar-Anon program teaches me that I can choose to see the positives or the negatives in life. Every day I can feel sorry for myself or I can choose to find something positive to be grateful for, even in my darkest moments!

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” ~ Colette