Endigar 427 ~ Progressive Gratitude

From Today’s Daily Reflections;

Gratitude should go forward, rather than backward.  (As Bill Sees It, page 29)

I am very grateful that my Higher Power has given me a second chance to live a worthwhile life. Through Alcoholics Anonymous, I have been restored to sanity. The promises are being fulfilled in my life. I am grateful to be free from the slavery of alcohol. I am grateful for peace of mind and the opportunity to grow, but my gratitude should go forward rather than backward. I cannot stay sober on yesterday’s meetings or past Twelfth-Step calls; I need to put my gratitude into action today. Our co-founder said our gratitude can best be shown by carrying the message to others. Without action, my gratitude is just a pleasant emotion. I need to put it into action by working Step Twelve, by carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs. I am grateful for the chance to carry the message today!

 

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“Without action, my gratitude is just a pleasant emotion.”  For me, pleasant emotions are experienced and then archived.  These archived emotions set the groundwork for expectation for more of the same and later they ferment into resentments if those expectations go unmet.  If I transform my gratitude into courage and motivation to seek opportunities for action, my expectations turn to my own need to give away what I have received in this program of recovery.  Those expectations are able to birth new gratitude.

“I need to put it into action by working Step Twelve, by carrying the message and practicing the principles in all my affairs. I am grateful for the chance to carry the message today!”  Yes – So Say We All.

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