Admitting I am powerless is not a simple dismissal of uncontrollable actions by others. For me, it opens the door to gratitude. When I walk through that door into gratitude, each day is brighter. I feel myself healing.

Changing lifelong habits is an ongoing job. But today, it is the job I hold most dear. I find gratitude in the most simple of things and in the greatest of challenges life puts before me. As I walk my path in gratitude, my eyes are open to miracles I once trampled upon. Gratitude reminds me of my place in the universe. It allows me to see beauty within and without. Gratitude keeps my focus clear. It keeps me in today. I can see that love has nothing to do with a disease that can insidiously destroy me and those I love most. Gratitude humbles me. That which I am grateful for likely emerges as an awareness of my Higher Power’s presence. When I am thankful and grateful, I am a better person and this radiates to all with whom I interact.

Thought for Today: Gratitude is the silver lining as I seek recovery. When I choose to live in and with gratitude, I am one step closer to finding serenity.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy