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Putting Recovery On The Map

11-28-14 | By

Thanksgiving Gratitude List

gratitude list

Let’s build something together…

I was hanging out with my cousin yesterday for Thanksgiving. We have a tradition every year, and it is a family event I always look forward to. Since I have moved to Florida, it is hard to find the time to see my family and so Thanksgiving can be a lonely time.

I say that simply because I know people who have an even harder time during the holidays, because they may be new to recovery or they miss their families and get sad. I try my best to help them out.

When I got home last night I was lying in bed thinking of all that I have to be grateful for. The list really is endless. I thought it would be a cool idea to write my own gratitude list, and hopefully our readers may take the time to make some gratitude lists of their own so we can share them.

Here goes..

1 – I am grateful for my recovery. It is the greatest achievement of my life and my most prized possession.

2 – I am grateful for my health. With all the shit I have done to my body, I am very lucky to have gotten out of it without any serious health effects.

3 – I am grateful for my family. We had a rough go at it for a while, but we have stuck together over the years and I love them so much.

4 – I am grateful for the blank page. Writing and literature have always helped me clear my head.

5 – I am grateful for my supports. I have spent most of my life feeling alone, and I never thought I would have so many people in my life who care about me and who appreciate me.

6 – I am grateful for my dog. He’s my best pal.


7 – I am grateful that I can exercise. I would be a lunatic if I wasn’t able to go running.

8 – I am grateful for my home. I’m not rich, but I have everything I need.

9 – I am grateful for the food in my fridge. I remember the days when I had to walk around with peanut butter and jelly in my back pack because I was so broke and couldn’t afford groceries.

10 – I am grateful for Chuck Taylors. I am aware that I have a problem, but I can’t get enough of them.

11 – I am grateful for Chipotle. It’s just perfect.

12 – I am grateful that I have a bed to sleep in. Not everyone has a bed, but I do and I feel good about that.

13 – I am grateful for you guys. When we started Sober Nation, we never dreamed that it would turn into what it has. Sober Nation has given me purpose and I feel very close to everyone and we hear everything you say. Big things to come!

14 – I am grateful for a good nights sleep. I spent years staying up for 4 days in a row and than trying to muscle through withdrawal. Having a good night sleep and a routine in life is priceless.

15 – I am grateful to be alive.

This is just a fraction of all the things in life I have gratitude for. What we are hoping is that people leave a short gratitude list in the comments section of this article or in the Facebook comments. Can’t wait to hear them. 🙂


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