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Tooth Brush Gratitude



 

It tasted like the whole of the Russian army had just had a forced marched barefoot in my mouth. The taste of Pepsi dent would be an answer to an early morning prayer as my tooth brush and mouth wash would put things right and freshen up last nights garlic bites.

The calls come in from both the new and the sage in recovery more often than not with the lament; you know life is  just not fair; things have not gone as planned. Please go on and tell me all you woes spare no detail. I hang on every innuendo and try discerning the whine of injustice in a high pitched tone.

It is the province of knowledge to speak as it is the privilege of wisdom to listen Oliver Wendell Holmes.

The world is crashing about my ears; I always try to do the next right the thing it seems like it doesn’t mean a thing, the love of my life has taken the e train with my x best friend there headed for a romantic getaway with the candle I gave to her on St Valentine’s day. I have been pink slipped from a job of ten years and the bank has been calling because the mortgage is in arrears. My old clunker that I have been nursing has given up the ghost, life has turned up hill and there no way to coast.

Poor me, poor me, pour me another drink of alcohol

If you know someone who tries to drown their sorrows, you might tell them sorrows know how to swim    Jackson Brown, Jr.

When you come to understanding that life is hard, it gets easier

Time slows to a stretch when you’re placed on hang, eventually the lament runs out of gas with more of a whimper than a bang. I see, we are often times blind in the moment and solutions are none when they fall in a forest of troubles the silence is deafening.

What am I supposed to do? I exclaim what I have found to work in situations such as yours is to write a gratitude list. A gratitude list, what is that? Make a list of things your thankful for. I can’t seem to conjure up a single thing to write, right now, is the all too  common lament.

Perhaps start small; did you brush your teeth today? Why yes, that would have been impossible without your tooth brush, are you  grateful  for that toothbrush? have you eaten today? How’s your health? If you have your health you have everything. Are you sober today? Do you have a friend? Do you have a mom and a dad a sister, a brother?  People who love you enough to care. Air in your lungs and the promise of yet another day filled with wonder and expectation

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

My experience is to pray upon awakening, that our thoughts be divorced from self-seeking selfishness and self-will, ask to be of maximum service to God and our fellow beings

During the day if we are disturbed for any reason we pray to know what’s wrong with us that we can restart our day and turn our attention to someone we can help.

Upon retiring we pray in thanks giving for the grace that got us through yet another sober day. We are asked to pray continuously. If I was to get on my knees all day I couldn’t get anything done. The answer lies in the heart to keep there the psalms, the songs of David, in religious songs, and in thanks giving; an attitude of gratitude is a prayer unto God, the rest is the acceptance of his will and for the power to carry that out.

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