Gratitude in Early Recovery

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All daily inspirations can be found in the book Sex and Porn Addiction Healing and Recovery. Used here with permission of the author.

Happy people are grateful for what they have, regardless of what that is.

Many sex and porn addicts in early recovery (and sometimes even those with significant amounts of sobriety) struggle with feeling grateful. Usually, we look for the downside in every situation. We grumble that roses have thorns when we ought to be celebrating the fact that thorns have roses. Sometimes we feel as if we are incapable of gratitude. This, of course, is not true. To get started, all we must do is look for little things to feel grateful for—clean water, a sunny day, fresh air, a day of sobriety, etc. As author A.A. Milne wrote in Winnie the Pooh, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” Newly recovering addicts are the same—capable of far more gratitude than we’d think at first glance.

Task for Today
Be like Piglet.