'Tis the season alright. No, not the season to be jolly (though there is that). But the season for gratitude. Indeed, we at Recovery Boot Camp have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. So we think it only appropriate we share our thoughts on (and reasons for) gratitude.

What is Gratitude?

By definition gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. In practice, however, gratitude is an attitude. Practicing gratitude can help us get unstuck and stay unstuck. It helps us see our situation in a way that lessens panic and opens up our thinking. More importantly, gratitude opens up our hearts. Not just to what we have, but to what we are given.

Indeed, if practicing gratitude can help us get unstuck and stay unstuck, then feeling gratitude can open up our souls. Being grateful feels good. Feeling grateful is good. It also does good. To our friends. To our families. And to the world-at-large. How good does gratitude make you feel? Now imagine, the whole world feeling that good.

Gratitude can also open our worlds to new and ever exciting possibilities. Things feed off our gratefulness as much as people. Why? Because people make those things happen. And a grateful action spreads even more grateful actions.

See gratitude isn't all about us. It's all about others too. And how we feel about others is how they'll feel about us. So be thankful for everyone in your life. Genuinely thankful. And everyone in your life will be thankful to you.

Reasons to Be Grateful

There are many reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving, here are some of our favorites:

  • Having our families back in our lives
  • Having our friends back in our lives
  • The capacity to take care of our families again
  • The capacity to take care of ourselves again
  • Feeling useful rather than useless
  • Being helpful rather than helpless
  • Doing the next right thing -- and enjoying it!
  • Of course, none of the above would be possible without sobriety. Being sober doesn't just mean we no longer crave drugs or alcohol (though it most definitely does mean that). It also means we can do the things we're supposed to do and be the person we were meant to be. It means we can be there for people again. And when we are, we will be there at our best. And if that's not reason to be extremely thankful, well, then nothing is.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Many men here at Recovery Boot Camp haven't had a Happy Thanksgiving in quite awhile. And neither have their families. Why? Because addiction wouldn't allow it. Now that they've been given the proper weapons, however, these men can fight the disease -- and they can beat it. Thus restored, they can restore their relationships. And they can return to the family table as stronger men. Sober men.

    It's not a theory (though it can be written). It's not a stat (though it can be evidenced). No, it's more than that. It's a miracle. A sheer, unmitigated miracle. We see it on the faces of the men. We see it on the faces of their families. And this Turkey Day, we'll see it at dinner tables all across America. Each, in turn, serving their own heaping helpings of gratitude.

    Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

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