GRATITUDE: A DAILY ROUTINE

dsc01008A mother wrote to me: When I awake every morning and go to sleep every night I feel God’s presence in my life and the life of my child. He is good today, but I know it’s one day at a time. Dealing with addiction takes courage and humility and gratitude. Courage to stay close and to love our child, humility to remember that the addiction is strong and can come back at any time, especially when we least expect it, and gratitude for our daily blessings.

My reflection: Gratitude is powerful, but gratitude is tough to muster when things are at their worst. When my son was in active addiction, the only thing buoying my deep despair was gratitude that my son was still alive. My prayer each morning was, “Dear Lord, thank you for keeping him alive today.”

Today’s Promise to consider: Gratitude, for me, is part of a daily routine where I actively scan my life and call forward the various things, big and small, for which I’m thankful. This practice keeps me aware that, even though things are difficult, I’m still blessed. Prayer and gratitude keep me in a positive space.

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Pamela
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Thank you, Libby, Gratitude is the element that we can draw on, perhaps, to counter the fear that we may constantly feel even if our sons and daughters are in recovery. Thank you for this beautiful reminder ~ wishing your family a lovely Thanksgiving Day.
Pam

Jim & Nancy Musmanno
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A very dedicated weekly posting…wonderful job Libby.

Ann
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Bless you Libby for your encouraging words. I strive each day to count my blessings while living in the chaos of my son’s addiction. Thank you always for your wise words.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family
Ann