Gratitude and Acceptance

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Gratitude and Acceptance
Friday, November 22, 2013
You are reading from the book The Language of Letting Go

The Magic of Gratitude and Acceptance

Gratitude and acceptance are two magic tricks available to us in recovery. No matter who we are, where we are, or what we have, gratitude and acceptance work.

We may eventually become so happy that we realize our present circumstances are good. Or we master our present circumstances and then move forward into the next set of circumstances.

If we become stuck, miserable, feeling trapped and hopeless, try gratitude and acceptance. If we have tried unsuccessfully to alter our present circumstances and have begun to feel like we're beating our head against a brick wall, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we feel like all is dark and the night will never end, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we feel scared and uncertain, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we've tried everything else and nothing seems to work, try gratitude and acceptance.

If we've been fighting something, try gratitude and acceptance.

When all else fails, go back to the basics.

Gratitude and acceptance work.

Today, God, help me let go of my resistance. Help me know the pain of a circumstance will stop hurting so much if I accept it. I will practice the basics of gratitude and acceptance in my life, and for all my present circumstances.

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I will follow this rule.

I will follow this rule. "Gratitude and acceptance work."

Thanks for sharing.

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Pain and suffering has never

Pain and suffering has never done it for me. People say you have to hit bottom. That you don't change until you suffer enough. I don't believe that.

What I think is that the suffering let's you know that there is something wrong. But for me, the pain was never enough to promote change. Mostly my response to having pressure put on me, to experiencing pain, is to get stubborn and defiant.

The only thing that allowed me to change was having some hope. And having hope was an act of defiance for me at that point. I didn't really have any reason to hope.

But I started. And I eventually found the fellowship, and a higher power, and friends and supporters. And a program. And what I've learned in that program is acceptance. That's what the higher power has been bringing to me, what the fellowship has been bringing to me, most recently.

And I'm starting to see some results. Acceptance works. Acceptance heals. Acceptance, paradoxiacally, brings more hope.

So I'm a believer in acceptance. It's where the meat of recovery is. Seek help. Accept.

I am a recovering computer game and gambling addict. My recovery birthday: On May 6, 2012 I quit games and began working a program of recovery through OLGA No computer games or slot games for me since December 12, 2012. No solitaire games with real cards since June 2013.

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