Chris Newcomb, M.Div.
I woke up groggy this morning but ready to attack the day. After all, today is Friday! I can take on the world when the weekend is looming before me. I picked up my cellphone and turned off the alarm. The thought hit me, "hey, why don't you lay here for a second and listen to Spotify"? For those of you non-tech savvy people reading this article, Spotify is an app (short for application) made for smart phones (as opposed to dumb ones?) to allow the user to 'stream' music through their phone. It's like walking around with Virgin Record Store in your pocket with millions of song titles to listen to anytime and anywhere!
I cued up a song I hadn't heard in years by a Canadian songwriter named Alanis Morissette called 'Thank You'. The song was released in 1998 after her trip to India and was a worldwide hit. I love the simplicity of the melody and the great lyrics. It's also a great way to start your day.
How do you start your day? Do you immediately run through your top 10 list of things that have to get done before you brush your teeth? Do you think about important people in your life that you need to connect with before the weekend to make plans for fun after a hard week of work? While none of these activities are bad, in and of themselves, I might suggest an even better way to start your day: saying 'Thank You'.
"Who am I saying 'thank you' too," you might ask? That's a great question. If you're religious or spiritual, speak a word of thanks in the language you understand that is parallel to your beliefs and convictions. If you are a non-religious/non spiritual person, perhaps saying 'thank you' is just a way to acknowledge to yourself the absolute gift you have of being alive at that very moment.
There is great benefit to being thankful. It shifts your perspective in a more positive direction. It increases happiness and decreases unhappiness. It has health benefits because it lowers stress which lowers blood pressure which is always a good thing for long-term health.
What are you thankful for? Who are you thankful for? If you're not sure, why not take a few moments and make a list on paper for all the things in life that you can be thankful for?
Recovery requires gratitude. If we are not grateful for being clean and sober, we can be sure that relapse is on the way at some point. Think of thankfulness as insurance against relapse. And you might find that it improves your mood too!
Thanks for reading! ;)
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