Attitude of Gratitude 276

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What can you thank for today?

Thank God it’s the computer in front of me so that I can vent my thoughts. And what would I do without the comfortable bed I’ll be lying in tonight and the many books on the shelf that develop my imagination and gave birth to many of my writings?

After putting these questions I start thinking about the classes at the university I have in a few hours and the gym workout I’ll do after that.
I appreciate the fact that my parents gave me the chance to get a decent education and completely realize that many others want that but can’t have it.
I’m also thankful for having a healthy body I can work on and feel sorry for the people who want to practice sports but don’t have the physical ability.

Then I close the site on my laptop I last visited and smile when I see the picture on the desktop. It’s from my last trip to Italy.

I have all that and I’m grateful. Compared to what some people have, it’s nothing. But compared to what others have – it’s everything.

I’m not bragging, not at all. I’m just pointing out the first things I saw around me that many of us have and take for granted.

This way I want to show you that everyone has so many things to thank for, so many people to appreciate and many more reasons to be happy.

Most of what I’ve just listed, though, is rather material and even though it’s not much, not everyone is lucky enough to have it.

So the post you are reading is for them. And for those who have enough. And for the people who have everything but don’t appreciate it.

Below you will see a list of reasons to be grateful for every day and I hope everyone who reads it, will relate himself to it.

Even if you don’t have money, a comfortable bed, loving parents, the perfect job, free time, the body you desire, etc., you still have more than you realize.

And I advise you to thank for it, accept it and use it, because success comes to those who first appreciate what they already have, so that they can embrace what the future has in store for them.

Here is what we all have and can do:

  1. Opportunities without number;
  2. The ability to set goals, achieve them and improve ourselves constantly;
  3. A chance to make friends, build meaningful relationships and have a family;
  4. We can believe in whatever we want;
  5. We can choose who to become;
  6. We can get familiar with and good at every subject, science, business area or profession we are interested in;
  7. We can work and get promoted;
  8. We can have a hobby and practice it freely;
  9. We can inspire and change other people’s lives;
  10. We can have an idea and turn it into something big and prosperous;
  11. We can travel the world or just go to a country with a completely different culture from ours and never come back;
  12. We are free to create, explore, invent and thus contribute to the society;
  13. We can be in a good shape and look great if we decide to invest time and effort in our appearance;
  14. We can enjoy nature and its benefits;
  15. We can dedicate ourselves to a certain point of view, religion, idea or else;
  16. We can learn foreign languages and communicate with people from other countries;
  17. We can earn money and spend them on whatever we want;
  18. We can join different social groups, organizations and gatherings and express our opinion;
  19. In many situations we can speak up, act  and change the outcome;
  20. Whatever happens, we can smile, accept it and even laugh about it;
  21. We can overcome every hardship, get over the sorrow and conquer fear.
  22. Our time is in our control, only we can decide how to use it;
  23. We are in possession of the greatest tool ever known – our mind – and we have the chance to do miracles with it.

So instead of comparing yourself to others and desiring what they have, concentrate on the things around you.

Open your eyes for what you already possess – pay attention to the countless opportunities you’re surrounded by, the people who love you, the place you’re at now – and appreciate it.

Thank for that every morning you wake up and every night before you go to sleep.

Even only that little change in your daily routine will make you a happier, satisfied person who is in harmony with himself. And what is more, the things you are grateful for will multiply.

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” 
Thornton Wilder

See also:

60 things to be grateful for
The gratitude challenge
Maybe the only thing we need is more gratitude
Appreciating abundance

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Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program 30

Alternatives to The Twelve-Step Program

For those suffering from addiction, the Twelve-Step Program is the world’s most famous method of recovery. It was introduced back in 1939 in The Alcoholics Anonymous ‘Big Book’ as it’s come to be known.

It’s since helped many more than one hundred men (and women) and has been only slightly adapted over the years. Regardless of small changes, the core principles of admitting alcohol/narcotic dependency, believing that God can restore health, and making amends to others hurt during one’s addiction are retained.

While this program has had many successes in helping thousands across the world to overcome their addictions, there are two main criticisms:

  • It doesn’t work for everyone, and;
  • It is founded on faith in a Higher Power.

Some people try this famous program, lauded as the ultimate key to sobriety, only to be disappointed and feel a sense of hopelessness that something that has worked for so many hasn’t worked for them.

Others are put off that belief in God is required to truly embody the program, which some people simply don’t align with.

It’s important to remember that the Twelve-Step Program is far from the only addiction management and recovery method out there. Every individual is different; therefore, a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction (or indeed anything) is impossible.

Here are some other recovery programs that have facilitated recovery from addiction for many people around the globe.

SMART Recovery

This organization focuses on cognitive behavioral therapies that help addicts to adapt their reactions, thought processes and dependencies into healthier habits. It helps those with alcohol and drug dependency recognize the emotional and environmental factors behind their problems and learn to manage addictive behaviors. SMART is committed to evolving its program as scientific knowledge evolves; remaining active rather than static where addiction treatment is concerned.

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, there are over 635 groups in the US and 613 international groups – it’s more than likely that there is one in your vicinity.

Women for Sobriety

If you are a woman who feels she would be more comfortable supported by a group of women, this is offered by WFS.

The group was founded in the 1970s by Jean Kirkland, who developed her own way of overcoming addiction and dependency. It centers on bolstering women’s self-value and addresses the individual emotional issues that lay behind each person’s addiction. 

S.O.S.

If Twelve-Steps hasn’t worked or isn’t something you want to try, but you’re open to getting support from a secular organization, then S.O.S. could be an option to explore.

They work on an abstinence-based approach and their groups are free to anyone who wishes to be free from addiction. They are a non-profit organization and cover running costs with donations, which are greatly appreciated by anyone who uses the service or other supporters.

Meetings generally begin with celebrations of sobriety and abstinence anniversaries, followed by discussions and group activities. They aim to create a positive, buoyant atmosphere through which to motivate members. Sharing of advice and strength is promoted and members are encouraged to offer their utmost support to others. 

Besides these examples, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of rehabilitation facilities all over the world that have developed their own recovery programs – it’s down to the individual to choose one that they think will benefit them best. This rehab website from NJ gives details about the SOBA College Recovery which integrates addiction rehabilitation with treatment for coexisting mental health disorders and return to education for young adults.

There are a multitude of options out there – some simple research is sure to find a path right for you.

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This article is not certified medical advice. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please consult your doctor for medical advice about how it is best for you to begin to change your lifestyle.