One of the greatest lessons I learned during my years in Al-Anon is to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. It is my belief that too many people today forget to celebrate their blessings. In one of my earliest meeting at a church in Hong Kong, my group advocated for cultivating an attitude of gratitude to reset the focus from what we lack to what we already have.
My first Al Anon home group suggested that I make a gratitude list to remind myself that I am blessed....even when it seems there is little to no hope.
I am grateful today for the following in no particular order of importance:
1) my family, particularly having my dad to cherish
2) my husband
3) my job
4) a roof over my head
8) indoor plumbing
10) air conditioning
11) a grocery store
17) gasoline, propane,
28) our cats
30) modern medicine
35) written language
These are just a few of the myriad things for which I feel gratitude. Make your own list. Review it often. Thank your higher power for what you have. Let go of resentments. Embrace positive thoughts. Breathe deeply while looking at a sunrise or sunset and celebrate the beauty that surrounds us.