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.