Like an old gold-panning prospector, you must resign yourself to digging up a lot of sand from which you will later patiently wash out a few minute particles of gold ore.

-Dorothy Bryant

This quote came just in time. The part of sobriety that I love becomes the part of sobriety I hate over time : the quiet lulling quality of it all. No crises: no bleeding men demanding my assistance, no sudden demands for money, no drama.

It really is about finding and appreciating the small flecks of gold in the dirt that keeps sobriety successfully running. While I am consistantly grateful when someone helps me, it’s those smaller things – having an easy time accomplishing a task, a beautiful sunrise, a good meal – those are the things I miss, and these things make up most of life.

Mindfulness – being present in the moment – is a huge part of successfully practicing gratitude. If your mind is on tomorrow or yesterday, it can’t notice the small details that are continually passing you by…


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