In the United States, on the 4th Thursday of November, we have a national holiday called Thanksgiving. It’s a time that we take the opportunity to gather with friends and family and celebrate the things we are thankful for. So this episode is also set aside to talk about the things that we are thankful for.
We also want to acknowledge that this can be the most difficult time of year for us alcoholics and al-anons. So we'd like to practice our program with one of our basic recovery tools, the gratitude list.
To kick off the show, let’s take a look at what our listeners are grateful for. We asked the question, “What difficulties can you be grateful for?
What thoughts do you have about being able to look at past difficulties as blessings in disguise?
We have some audio from our listeners on this topic of gratitude.
Kevin P Interview
thoughts and comments
thoughts and comments
Let’s turn our discussions to you our hosts. Let’s start this discussion with people in our lives
1. Who do you appreciate? How has recovery affected your attitude toward the people in your lives?
2. How are you fortunate? How has recovery played a part in your ability to be grateful about your circumstances?
3. What material possessions are you thankful for?
4. What abilities do you have that you are grateful for?
5. What about your surroundings (home/neighborhood/city/etc.) are you thankful for?
6. What experiences have you had that you are grateful for?
7. What happened today/yesterday/this week/this month/this year that you are grateful for?
8. What opportunities do you have that you are thankful for?
9. What have others in your life done that you are thankful for?
10. What have others done that you are benefiting from in your life (even if you don't know who those people are)?
11. What relationships are you thankful for?
12. What are you taking for granted that, if you stop to think about it, you are grateful for?
13. What is there about the challenges/difficulties you have experienced (or are currently experiencing) that you can be thankful for? (e.g., What have you learned? How have you grown?)
14. What is different today than it was a year ago that you are thankful for?
15. What insights have you gained that you are grateful for?
How do you maintain your recovery program when away from your home group. Whether it be vacation, away to school, or on business trips, what do you do to stay in touch with recovering people when you are separated from your immediate community?
First, what did you used to do when on the road before the program?
What do you do now?
How do you find meetings?
What was your experience at these meetings?
Describe the best
Describe the worst
Phone calls Prayer?
Call sponsor? How do you do it?
Call friends? Any different than at home?
other What sites
Listen to Other?
last week we attended the Traverse City Fall Round Up. Which is a regional AA conference. I spoke on Sunday and gave my Open Talk with an emphasis on my spiritual journey.
Following our reflections, we will play an episode we participated in with The Recovery Show. We all watched the movie Days of Wine and Roses and then we recorded an episode on our reaction to this movie about alcoholics, recovery, and relapse.
But Anna, let’s first talk about Traverse City
You initial thoughts?
What talks did you attend?
John and Cindy
Dinner with john and Cindy
Lunch at Traverse City Pie
Family Afterward - Dan and Andrea
Interview with Ryan
Walk downtown in the cold
Breakfast with Jodie and Mary D.
Cottage at Cross Village
Would you do this again
How about Danville in the Spring?
Suicide survivors support group
victims range from 14 to 35
time since death ranges from 30 years to 3 months
just like AA, there is no other place where you can talk about these feelings
14 year old
iraq war vet
the question of why
why didn’t I see it
haunted by the thought that I could have prevented this disaster
been working in Toronto
commuting back and forth with my co-worker
he’s a faithful muslim
from northern africa
with a green card
and french nationality
try to explain this gracefully to TSA when trying to cross the border
I’m always terrified when I try to re enter the USA
I just imagine getting my car searched
Now we are going to play an episode we participated in from The Recovery Show….
This is the Open Talk I =gave on Novemner 3, 2013. My talk was supposed to be the Spiritual Talk, but when I opened my discussion with an F-Bomb, I guess that ended that.
The Traverse City Fall Round Up was an awesome expereicne for both me and my wife Anna. We met so many kind and wonderful people who treated us like we were special. John and Cindy spoke on Friday night and they have been on the speaker circuit for some time and know all the big names in AA. John was very generous in his advice to me, John told me to just go out and have some fun.
Mary D spoke on Saturday nght and she is a dynamic and funny person. Her story and our story intersect at the place called tragedy. We will forever be connected by these traagic events that are sure to happen to those of us who love addicts and alcoholics.
Dan F. and Andrea are friends from our home group. We didn't know that they were conducteing a pannel discussion. They shared their experience strength and hope in regards to The Family Afterward. Andrea, an AlAnon and Dan the alcoholic also shared from the heart and won teh crown over with their wit and charm. We hung out with these two for the rest of the weekend and we had a ball.
Thank you so much for contributing to The Recovered Podcast. Contributions you make allow us to share the story of hope to a world that desperately needs it.