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)
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?
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