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An Attitude of Gratitude; The Gifts Of A Life Lived In Recovery


February 2022

I woke up this morning with a spring in my step. It took a minute to get rolling, but my heart felt happy. Usually that’s a fair sign I’m doing something right (and thankfully I stopped worrying about “the other shoe dropping decades ago). There’s a lot of good going on in my life right now. My wife and I are riding a fun streak. My daughters and I couldn’t possibly be better, happier. Work is difficult, but they pay me a lot of money to deal with difficult. My fitness is good and I fell healthy. And, between cycling and bowling, I have a more friends than I ever have at any point in my life.

My sponsor’s sponsor told me three decades ago (literally 30 years), “If you keep coming back and working the steps, you’ll get to a point you’ll think life can’t get any better. If you keep coming back, six months later you’ll realize it did get better. All on its own.”

I’ve been there so many times I’ve lost count. And here I am again.

I love it when this happens. Better still, I know why it happens – and the keys to allowing it to continue. Rocket science this isn’t. And for that I am grateful.

Without recovery, a life this good simply isn’t possible for me. Good orderly direction is the key to my peace, happiness and contentment. And I’ll keep coming back, just to see how good this can get.



  1. Ginger Piper says:

    Wonderful writing. It reminds me of my own. Thank you for sharing. I followed you. Will you follow me too?

  2. Yay! It keeps getting better ❤️💜💜good news 🙏

  3. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    I know where my ass is to be planted many times a week. I need to hear the experience, strength, and hope of other’s. It fills my soul. I always hear something I need. Like they say to take what you want, and leave the rest. I take a lot most often. I have a seat “one day at time” until the day I leave this earth or I am doing something wrong! So much gratitude!

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