Gratitude is a concept that is very important to folks in recovery. In fact, the term is used so much that it can often seem trite, thus losing its true impact. And with the human mind’s tendency to focus on negativity, being grateful can be a challenging frame of mind.

I never truly understood the full meaning of gratitude until I was faced with one of my life’s greatest challenges-my son’s addiction. During the worst moments-and they were BAD-I learned to be grateful for the tiniest thing, things that in better times I would not have even noticed. As our lives transitioned through and away from those difficult days, I found myself being a gratitude sharer and a mentor to other parents who felt the same despair that I had felt.

That is when I began to really understand what it meant to be in recovery. Being in recovery is being so Grateful that one is compelled to share their gratitude with others. To share that gratitude in the hope that the sharing and the connectivity that it creates can be a source of hope for those who have felt no hope.  Finding joy to replace despair and gratitude for those gifts bestowed upon us by the Creator.

Recently, I spent a week in the Smokey Mountains with my husband of 28 years.  One evening, during a tiny moment in the earth’s rotation, we watched the sun slip behind the blue blanket of mountains and I remember being overwhelmed with gratitude for the last 5 years, how our son was saved and how, in his saving, we saved each other and our relationship.  We remain connected.

So, in some ways I am grateful for addiction, because through all of that I found recovery and through recovery I realized that my life was blessed beyond belief. So, be a gratitude-giver, a hope-sharer and a joy-bestower this holiday season. At CforR we know that those connections mean everything, even in the tiniest moments.  Wishing you love and connections.

Happy Thanksgiving