Not Feeling the Holiday Spirit Yet?

Reasons may abound for our not feeling the Holiday spirit yet.

I am often the author of the HUMBUG that wafts through my brain  by letting a few expectations morph into . . . demands. 

And I know better! (Falling Down Holes Need Not Be a Given) 

Just Saying:

Being bombarded by all that our retailer friends peddle, all  that we must have or give at the end of the year is no “Christmas-spirit” creator.

Nor is all the pressure the extra chores exact as the year ends. 

Plus the knowledge that yet another has slipped by, and so too many dreams can be a real emotional deflator. 

The holidays can offer a real and dangerous invitation to go down unwise emotional paths that predictably end up with resentments.  

To avoid that end, just for today I follow the suggestion some very wise program friends keep reminding me: Practice an attitude of gratitude . . . and what a few old timers counseled: Fake it ’til you make it. 

Others suggested I A.S.K., especially when I don’t feel like it.

They also laugh and urge me to K.I.S.S.


People have helped me understand there is a power greater than I am who is infinite and personal.

I have also come to believe He is the reason for the season and when I ask, HE will help me accept  what I can’t change in these times, and change what I can (a.k.a. my attitude) and come to know the difference.

My friends in the program taught me another acronym: H.A.L.T.

 Don’t get HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY or TIRED! Put into practice what we can, like not picking up a drink, and praying. ( It’s Great to Have Choices )


Having choices today is a big part for me of feeling grateful. SO:

  • If you are able to read this — in the comfort of a warm spot, enjoying a coffee, maybe, and can remember what you said and did yesterday: be grateful.
  • If you can attend a meeting, be grateful; many hurting souls  won’t find their seat  in our rooms.  (Alcohol Related Deaths)

Still not feeling the Holiday Spirit yet?

Dear friend,

Thank you for stopping by. Feelings are weird — I get it — times are uncertain, scary — sometimes life really is hard.

Recovery is not a feeling; it is a path of progress, not perfection.

Please keep in mind, alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful.

Living in remission, then, we are wise to remember, there is nothing so bad a drink will not make worse.

All the best to your this day! 

Love in Christ,

Sober and Grateful

from the Garden of Bright Images


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