Gratitude is a key ingredient of a life in recovery.
Whether you focus on gratitude as part of your Tenth Step, your Third Step, or just as part of your recovery rituals, the practice of giving thanks helps keep you spiritually fit for many reasons.
First, gratitude is practically the opposite of resentment. If you find yourself simmering and heading down the slippery slope of negative thought, taking a moment to focus on gratitude can flip your mindset and put you on the straight and narrow once again.
Second, gratitude is a helpful means of handing your will over to your higher power
Many people working on or returning to Step Three wonder how exactly that handover works. One way to think of it is that when you thank your higher power for the blessings in your life, it’s a reminder of how powerful your higher power can be. It makes it easier to trust that HP has it under control.
You can even thank your higher power for things that you don’t have yet, as a vote of confidence in the process, and a sign that you are handing over your will and giving up the need to focus on how it all will happen.
A nightly gratitude list is a great way to stay on track. Some people even like to share a daily list via group chat or email with members of their home group or friends in recovery.
No matter which method you choose, there’s really no downside to giving thanks for your life in recovery. It can only help you stay strong on your journey.
So why not sit down today and give it a try? Even if the only thing on your list is apple pie and football.
There’s so much to be thankful for in recovery! Call us today to find out more about the life that could be waiting for you.