Today, for the first time in a few months, was a real struggle. It was a day when stuff that I have been burying deep inside finally boiled over. I will spare you the details but I got to sitting in my own shit and was happy there in that stench, for a little while at least. Eventually I grew tired of feeling angry, lonely, and full of self-loathing. I prayed hard today. I prayed for guidance, relief, wisdom, and a few other things that I will keep to myself. After I had dinner with my mother at her church, I stopped by the house for a bit before I had to leave for my meeting at my home group tonight. I picked up this month’s issue of Rolling Stone and read an article about a 33 year old vet that is choosing to take his life because he can no longer live with the pain of being paralyzed from the chest down. By the time I got to the end of the article I felt like the dumbest, most self-centered, selfish prick on the planet. What the fuck do I have to complain about? I am getting almost everything I want out of life, but for the last 24 hours I chose to have a little pity party. After I read the article, I remembered praying for the relief from myself earlier in the day. Boom, there it was. I needed to be grateful for all the amazing blessings in my life. So after sharing about my need for gratitude tonight at a meeting, I am sitting here doing what I have been taught. These are the things I am grateful for today.
Today, more than anything, I am so very grateful for the fact that I can have bad days, moments of stress, ill thinking, and yet my mind does not wander to medicating myself today with a bag of blow and a bottle of whiskey. I am grateful to have a place to go and share about the crap in my head, not be judged, and get some solution to the problems in my life today. Two years ago, a day like today would have sent me into a week long bender. That is not my solution any more. Today, my solution is to use the tools I have been given and work my head out of my ass. This concept is so new to me, but the further along I go, the more I see it work, and that is growth to be proud of. I am also so very grateful to be in a position to change gears and figure out where I want my career and my new company to go. I have been blessed with some major opportunities here in the last few weeks that are almost in explainable. I am getting that second chance to be involved with the music industry and give back to my community at the same time. These kinds of second chances shouldn't happen to a wretch like me. But they are, so I will be grateful and try to remain humble. Last but not least I am so very grateful for my wonderful family. I am not sure if I would be alive today without them. Life became perilous for a while, more so than it is today, and they surely played a part in saving my life. They helped me get the help I needed and now I am living my second life and that is amazing. Not many people get to say they get the opportunity to live two completely different lives in one lifetime. I cherish every single moment I get with my beautiful niece, and hold her, kiss her, and tell her everyday how much I love her. She has definitely played a role in saving my soul. For that, I can only try to be the best I can every day. Some days are better than others, but it is the trying every day that counts, progress not perfection.
There it is! These are some of the things I am grateful for tonight. Sure there are more, but these are the ones that made the list tonight. Today was a very powerful day for me. I saw God do for me what I could not do for myself. So I will be grateful for everything, and continue to work on that conscience contact with my higher power and leave my life to him.