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Thankful, One Day At A Time

Posted on November 20, 2017


We’re grateful that Joanna taught us how to make flower arrangements on a perfect sunny day.


Grateful, Thankful …


We often hear words of gratitude in sobriety and thankfulness for gifts of recovery.


The AA Gravine, writes, “Gratitude and serenity are two of the most characteristic marks of the truly successful AA.

Gratitude to God, because but for the grace of God there would be no serenity.

Gratitude to AA, because without its members the new-found sobriety would never have been achieved.

Gratitude and serenity are two sides of the same golden coin of sobriety.


The Twelve Steps speak of gratitude as a hallmark of sobriety.


... gratitude for blessings received ...   

“An honest regret for harms done, a genuine gratitude for blessings received,

and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.”

                                    - 12&12 Step Ten, p.95


... grateful and exert ourselves the more

                    in a spirit of love and service ...   

“We no longer strive to dominate or rule those about us in order to gain self-importance.

We no longer seek fame and honor in order to be praised.

When by devoted service to family, friends, business, or community we attract widespread affection

and are sometimes singled out for posts of greater responsibility and trust,

we try to be humbly grateful and exert ourselves the more in a spirit of love and service.

True leadership, we find, depends upon able example

and not upon vain displays of power or glory.”


When we open our eyes, we can find something to be grateful for every day...

the sun, the clouds, the sunset, the trees, the flowers, the breeze, a smile …


… What can you be grateful for today? ...


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