Yesterday's Gratitude Meeting. It made me realize that I am on the right track with my life. It was interesting to hear people who have been sober for many years that didn't practice daily the gratitude that they have in their life. Listening to what they shared showed me how unhappy they were. The simple act of being grateful for what I have versus what I don't have accounts for my daily serenity, peace and happiness. One of the biggest is being sober. The simple act of being present physically and emotional is a major gratitude for me.
The work ahead of me. I feel like I am back in school. I have so much to learn right now. Unfortunately, I have a short time to do it. I am so grateful for the full days I have right now, putting all my ducks in a row. As every day passes I see more that I need to learn. Accounting, marketing, daily business practices, more about photography. I'm realizing that I am just scratching the surface. However, it is the first time in my life I recognize I can.
My iPod touch. I have to tell you, that little piece of electronics is a work horse. I use to have a Blackberry for years and my iPod dances around that thing. Sure, the only way I can get emails is to have a wifi connection, but I have found I am never far from wifi if I need it. It allows me to access the web, carry images, books, my to do lists, calendar and contacts. It even acts as a phone if I have wifi access using Skype. Not to mention music, movies and I even download AA recovery podcasts from iTunes for free. If you don't want to buy an iPhone, iPod is the way to go. Oh yeah, did I mention I'm a geek?
Learning to be positive. I am so grateful for my positive attitude and happiness. To be grateful for whatever happens is not a concept I have entertained most of my life. By practicing one day at a time, it has allowed me to move into a place that is comfortable and somewhat easy. I'm not saying there aren't challenges, believe me, there are. But it's how I decided to tackle them makes all the difference in my day. I can let it eat my lunch, or I can walk away from it with a positive attitude that it will allow me to work through it and take the next right step.