O CHRISTMAS TREE--
IS IN THE IMAGE OF YOURSELF
Years ago, a guy in AA handed me a card, and he said "Here is your Gratitude List!"
There was nothing on either side of the card, so I told him that.
He said, "Good! All you have to do is fill in all that blank space!"
So much gratitude we talk about during this triumviral holiday season. Only this morning the chair person announced: "Today's topic--and I can hear groaning already--is on Gratitude." Those were his exact words.
My first thought was "You said 'Groaning'? WTF? After 'not drinking', gratitude is what keeps me ALIVE!!"
If I am not grateful, Who do I think got me sober, and keeps me sober? Me? You? AA? Answer: None of the above. It is GOD Who does all this for me-- through you Peeps and practicing the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. That's how it's done, where it is AT, folks. For ME--nowhere else. It is the only thing that worked--and continually works.
So, for everything I might declare Gratitude for, SOBRIETY is Numero Uno, because without it, I have nothing. I would have been either in JAIL,a Mental Institution, or under the ground...and maybe for those reasons is whence comes my JOY at being alive.
Happiness is for me Acceptance of almost everything, Willingness to change most everything, and Gratitude to my God, for all he has given me. This gratitude is not a simple "feeling of being grateful". It is more like "feeling of DOING grateful". Gratitude is an action word. I must show others what I used to be like, what happened to me, and what I am like now. Perfection is the goal. Great amounts of IMPERFECTION is the reality. And so I can only strive to get better, BE better, and serve better my fellows, you Peeps, and whoever I may be fortunate enough today to MEET.
Dammmm, I sure got on the soapbox! But I'm NOT sorry! See? It's working already!
I wish you all the Peace for which the Christmas celebration implies. I wish you my LOVE and a Merry (means HAPPY!) Christmas week...and after. Thank you--all my Peeps--SO much for being here. Blessings.