While it’s easy to be grateful for all the good things that transpire in our lives, we can also learn to be grateful for the problems we face. We will inevitably continue to experience hurts, losses and disappointments as life continues to happen. There are many things that we must all face simply because we are alive. We are not exempt from pain and loss just because we are sober. We truly can use anything that happens as an opportunity for growth — emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. Even some of our most tragic circumstances can bring us to new levels of gratitude and spirituality.
It is not so much what happens in our lives that is important as much it is how we respond to it. We have a choice every single day to become better — or to become bitter. It all depends on our attitude and our willingness to use all things to further our growth. In the big picture, our challenges are opportunities to grow and stretch our muscles of faith and hope and to engage in our recovery program. We can always reach out for help and support when we become overwhelmed or don’t know what to do next. The solution is often to simply do the next right thing and focus on staying with our program of recovery.