August 2012: Gratitude
Reprinted from the Grapevine book, Voices of Long-Term Sobriety
How do you manage to feel grateful when you're feeling terrible?
The other night at our AA meeting, Frank asked a question, and a dozen hands went up. He said, "How do you manage to feel grateful when you're feeling terrible? I can't do it."
George, who has had a stroke, said, "I'm paralyzed in one arm. Soon after I came into AA, I broke the other arm. All I could move was my pinkie. I was grateful that I was sober and that I would recover the use of my broken arm. I'm more grateful for this program every day, for the love and friendship I find here, for my spiritual progress, such as it is—just for being alive!"
New Canaan, Connecticut