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January 17, 2016 at 12:29 am #4713Keymaster
We’d love to see your list of 25 things you are grateful for, so reply to this post – Day 20 – Gratitude List – and add your list to Dave’s and watch the gratitude grow.
February 7, 2016 at 8:22 am #6829Participant
(In the action step, it is indicated there is a link to here. It actually links to Day 19.)
I actually had a fairly easy time compiling this list. This phase is the one that really speaks to me and has been more of my breakthrough. I try to live a positive, grateful, happy life, and despite my drinking, I had been working on it and doing … OK. Not great. But these are not new concepts for me to practice, although I am doing MUCH better at practicing them now that I am sober.
a special aunt and uncle
happy memories with my grandparents
my health and fitness
my fit family and friends
technology — makes it so much easier to stay in touch
I am so grateful that my kids are kind and smart and loving
grateful for the gifts of abundance — I have much more than I need and am grateful to have my basics met AND THEN SOME
my kids’ school
our church / faith
the chance to pamper myself — nails, massage
wealth (at least in terms of the majority)
my safe, friendly neighborhood
genealogy — I have met some awesome people, learned a lot and received many beautiful items
February 16, 2016 at 5:56 am #7196Participant
the frogs I kissed before my husband
opportunity to live overseas
learn new language
sense of adventure/I can try it spirit
supportive friends within my business
old friends from overseas
newer friends from work
new kingsize bed
stepsons,daughter in laws, grandkids
time/freedom to create
new adventures in new place
first cup of coffee in morning
quiet time in morning
February 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm #7215Keymaster
Wonderful lists- thank you for sharing! It’s inspiring to read what you are both grateful for, as it reminds me of the things in my love to be grateful for.
(@fitnessfoodandfun- thanks for pointing out the mistake! It has been added to our “errors” list)
February 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm #7217Participant
relationship with my mom
plant based diet
February 19, 2016 at 3:54 am #7300Participant
My list is very similar to everyone else’s. The top of my list right now is:
I am grateful I found this book.
February 22, 2016 at 8:13 pm #7551Participant
I am grateful for
My 2 sons age 18 and 21
My x-daughter-in-law, she taught me a lot in a short amount of time
My relationship with my Mom
My best friend and husband
Snow and skiing
Lakes and swimming
Massages and pedicures
My home and waking up to sunrises
My job and employees and successful business
22 days of sobriety
The time I had with my Dad
My in laws
My empathy for others
Google (I don’t have to remember anything)
I found this book
February 22, 2016 at 8:18 pm #7552Participant
February 23, 2016 at 8:47 am #7563Participant
I really had fun making my list! I could have gone on and on past #25. I can see myself going back over the list on one of my “pity-party” days and being up-lifted to a good place.
Thanks and Peace
March 10, 2016 at 12:09 am #8227Participant
Today’s topic is ironic as I sit in bed knowing that I have to pull an all nighter monitoring a sub pump draining a flood in our driveway/ garage/ basement. I have to turn the pump on and off all night hourly so it doesnt blow the engine when the waters low and flood us when the waters high. Torrential rains here on Vancouver island and our property is low level waterfront.
Anyway, I was trying to be positive and started to make my list thinking about when we lived in central British Columbia with the forest fires and I was trying to sleep while on evacuation alert. We were watching the fires closely all night as they grew when the evening winds picked up and the water bombers & choppers pulled out for the night. All we wanted was rain…and here I am…drowning in it.
So I’m grateful for Mother Nature as wild as she is. I’m not drinking and I’ll be damned if this is going to make me drink.
I will meditate, read (I have the laws of attraction cards by ester hicks too). I will manifest good and not ask “why” but think about “how”. And I will think of 5 things that I’m grateful for as I walk up and down to the basement every hour to deal with the flood until I can get the professionals in tomorrow. It’s just a test to apply these principles…I’m grateful for the opportunity to do the homework?
March 12, 2016 at 4:26 pm #8352Participant
Great job applying the principles.Please remember you do have friends who would help , as I am grateful for your friendship.
March 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm #8346Keymaster
Wow, what beautiful perspective. Yes, mother nature is wild and unpredictable. She certainly teaches us to be grateful for what we have. I hope you made it through the torrential rains and are doing well. Great job applying the principles to real life!
March 16, 2016 at 10:06 am #8468Participant
This has been my favorite day so far! When I finished my list, it was as if a load was off my chest and I could breath again. My list is pretty much the same as everyone else reflecting family-dog, too of course!, friends, nature, spiritual practices. It may sound stupid but one of my people of gratitude is Bruce Springsteen! I can’t imagine life without his music…….
I’ve always wanted to start a gratitude journal and now I will. I bought a journal recently at Michaels and the cover says, “Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry”. That pretty much sums it up for me!
March 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm #8474Participant
Oh my, I haven’t had the courage to post until now, Day 20, and it was the Bruce Springsteen comment that got me. He’s on my list too!! So uplifting! I don’t believe in coincidences. Thank you to everyone for sharing from your heart during the whole journey, you are all rockstars. I have been so encouraged and inspired by all of your posts. We are all going to make it happen, of this I am sure!
In Gratitiude, yup gratitude!
April 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm #9133Participant
I have practiced being grateful and journaling for a very long time, so this chapter was so validating. I was very aware of the Oprah connection,her openness about keeping a gratitude journal got me started years ago. I am so grateful that this concept was included in the book, for everyone to be inspired! Day 40 for me and I could repeat the same phrase for the suggested 25 journal entries: I am incredibly grateful for all events that have come before this moment, all in perfect ways, under Grace, to be here and now in this state of sobriety.
April 7, 2016 at 11:47 am #9420Participant
ending a bad relationship
got a glowing review today
my “new” gym
running 4 miles
my spin class
chilling at a comp now for free
sober past 20 days
my sense of humor
food i have to eat
April 7, 2016 at 11:49 am #9421Participant
working close to work
my little sister forgot two haha
April 8, 2016 at 8:18 am #9456Participant
My beautiful, unique and amazing children
My beloved dog, Honey
The outdoors, nature
Smart people-who help me stretch and grow
The 30 day Solution book
My work ethic and values
The evolving consciousness
April 27, 2016 at 2:30 pm #10288Participant
Everyday a new beginning
Coming closer to my best self
Anytime that I feel calm and at ease
My husband and his can do, will do attitude
Getting up again and again and again
Accepting life as it unfolds
The opportunities and chances I have been given
This book and the folks in the forum
May 4, 2016 at 9:43 am #10635Participant
1 Son # 1
2. Son# 2
4. Cooking as an outlet for me
5. For the things I am knowledgeable about
8. My Parents
9. My In-laws
11. My Dog
12. My ability to still workout
13 Our home
13. My ipod
14. Bike rides
16. Mornings (usually)
17. The job that I have (also usually)
18. My Faith
19. My brother
20. My sister
22. Close friends
23. Facebook to keep track of people
24. My kids grade and high school teachers
26. This book and the people on this forum…Thanks!
As I was making my list, I had difficulty in finding those things that give me great joy and fulfillment. Maybe I am thinking too much about those things that give me abundant gratitude that I am overwhelmed and the loss of the thing would make me sad (except for the loss of people that I love who are listed).
Or the other thing I was thinking is that is the inability to experience abundant joy and gratitude something I need to be concerned about? Is lacking passion a possible root in my drinking? If this is true, how do I create or find things or develop passion for current thinks that will help me find inner gratefulness?
Or maybe I am missing the whole point of this activity?
Committed but conflicted
May 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm #10686Participant
Shoot 100%committ you’re on day 20! How time flies. It seems like only a week ago you were singing the blues about slipping. See how quickly it goes?
Go to Day 20 of the web site and read the lessons summary all the points but I think “emotional incompatibility ” addresses your question. Sometimes we get caught up doing we forget why, what are we learning.
Come back ask again if that didn’t help.
June 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm #12357Participant
Hey there. I am re-doing the program, as I had a relapse and felt starting anew would be most beneficial. Today is another day 20 for me, and I wanted to stop by the forum. I was feeling the same as your comment my first time around … as if I was MISSING something that I felt passionate about. When I was sober, I was there. I found the passion that I was missing … the joy in my children, the joy in sobriety, simple pleasures and feeling that I (yes, me) could make a difference in my own life and the lives of others. When I started drinking again, that zest for life soon left me. Thank goodness, it only took me 2 months of trying (and failing!) to drink moderately before I realized I had to try again.
I’m long-winded (long-typed), but I share my experience to ask you to be patient with yourself. It is my experience that drinking dulled the passion so long that it may take a bit for it to show up. Please be patient with yourself. Keep going. (I know it’s been a bit since you wrote that — maybe you’ve found it by now!)
July 7, 2016 at 8:24 am #12455Participant
I’ve used gratitude journals off and on for years, and am excited to start up again. Susan’s story on day 19 could have been mine. She felt “hypocritical” and “like a fake” because she seemed to handle life’s challenges flawlessly, when she was actually filling in the emptiness with alcohol. This program has made me excavate the reasons I needed to numb myself to get through a day. Fear seems to be at the heart of it all, and facing it has been life-changing. It is also a lot less scary than I’d thought it would be. It feels wonderful to know that the successful life I’m living on the outside is authentic and true to the one I’m living on the inside. That’s #1 on my gratitude list!
August 2, 2016 at 5:21 pm #12893Participant
I also have similar things on my list, also am grateful to be reminded how powerful and uplifting it is to be grateful. Am also grateful for friends who inspire me, and who love me as I am!
March 12, 2017 at 11:35 pm #16849Participant
I’m grateful I did not drink today. In the past I would have just because it is a Sunday & especially because I had to work from home doing an extremely & lengthy task. I made it. A miracle. I’m grateful I won’t have a hangover tomorrow & that I won’t wake up fat & puffy with red eyes.
April 27, 2017 at 11:25 am #17504Participant
Day 20 Action Step – Twenty-Five things I am grateful for today…
4. Family and Friends
5. God’s Wonders of Nature
14. Renewal of Spring
15. A Crisp Green Apple
16. Sunshine, Clouds, Breeze, and Trees
21. Smiles, Laughter, Humor
22. A beach to walk on.
23. A mountain to climb.
24. A bed to rest in.
25. A clear head to awake in…
April 27, 2017 at 6:17 pm #17506Participant
Fabulous Sobriety Conqueror. Just fabulous…
Let no post be left behind! Onward, Sina
September 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm #120795Participant
My Day 20 and making my Gratitude list was powerful. I woke up this morning and said 5 of them and it did perk me up!
Happy to see people active on any of the forums to support one another.
December 22, 2018 at 7:52 am #121480Participant
My son and everything he represents
Ma mother, courageous and beautiful
My girlfriend who loves me and encourages me
My job, for allowing to live and sustain myself and my family
My comfortable apartment, the sense of security it provides
My ex-wife, for who she is, I forgive her
My dad, my guide, my strength
Life itself, and the miracle of waking up healthy every day
The upcoming vacation
My musical talent which I must nurture
The inspiring musicians I have been listening for years
Tim and yoga with Tim
My health insurance
My failures which have taught me a lot
The books my dad and mom have written
My family, maybe not prefect, but who is?
The good healthy things I eat
The fact that I do not have a TV
My conscience of what is good and bad
The objects in my house which remind me of where I am from
The sun, summertime and the sea/ocean which are always with me
March 23, 2016 at 11:04 pm #8798Participant
I am also grateful that I took a chance by listening to the Tommy Rosen webinar which exposed me to this book. It has made a huge difference in my life. Day 23 and going strong! Fatigued but strong.
May 6, 2016 at 9:32 am #10783Participant
Hi relaunching I wouldn’t say that. It is about learning to stay sober. About why you drink. Along the way you pick up skills that will help you in future. I’d say once you’ve made 30 days you’ll have clarity of thought and time to work on exercises that will help youmove toward your purpose, your passion. Those are huge topics and a lot of different approaches. If you don’t see what you want from the resources here or in book pop a question and I’ll point you. You’re almost done aren’t you?
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