When you’re in recovery, the holidays can be difficult. Whether you’re surrounded by triggering situations or difficult people, it’s important to stay balanced so you can stay sober and on the right track in your recovery.
As you work to stay sober this holiday season, gratitude can help. For many, gratitude is a grounding force that will remind you of the positive things in your life, and can help you channel any cravings, triggers or negative emotions appropriately.
Here are a few gratitude reminders and helpful quotes to remember over the holidays this year:
Be grateful for the journey you’re on.
“If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” – Zen proverb
Be grateful for second chances.
“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” – Carl Bard
Be grateful for options.
“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.” – Roger Babson
Be grateful for compassion.
“What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.” – Hecato
Be grateful for strength.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.” – Albert Camus
Be grateful for hope.
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.” – Charlotte Whitton
Be grateful for a clear mind.
“When was the last time you woke up and wished you’d had just one more drink the night before? I have never regretted not drinking. Say this to yourself, and you’ll get through anything.” – Meredith Bell
Be grateful for the day, or moment, at hand.
“The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Be grateful for the future.
“I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson
From Common Ground to you, we believe this holiday season can be full of joy, love, compassion, and gratitude. Keep your mind grounded in recovery and the positive lessons you’re learning along the way.
Better yet? Keep adding to this list! What are some of the quotes or words of wisdom that have inspired you on your journey?