Giving thanks

These are “notes to self” that I wrote last Thanksgiving.  In difficult times, it is helpful to be grateful for what we do have, rather than what we don’t….


We hit the road tomorrow for a family union of three siblings, Grandma and Grandpa and seven grandchildren.  My two youngest nieces had not even been conceived the last time we met as a family.  They just turned 14; it’s been a long dry spell.  I’m taking a breather now before the chaos to count my many blessings:

I am thankful that my son has claimed a life of recovery, one day at a time.

I am thankful that people are beginning to understand addiction as a disease of the brain.

I am thankful that I discovered Al-Anon.

I am thankful for the friends that addiction has ushered into my life.

I am thankful for the opportunity to support others though their own child’s addiction.

I am thankful that my marriage survived our son’s addiction.

I am thankful that I have had the resources to help support my son’s recovery.

And thanks to addiction, I am appreciative of the perspective I’ve gained about what really counts in life.

Count your blessings…..and let me know what you are thankful for.