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Old 11-21-2017, 05:31 PM
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Thanksgiving Weekender 22-27 November 2017



Thanksgiving is of course an American holiday, but I think most of us don't have to look too hard to find things to be thankful for.

in my apartment block, I live with people who have a lot of physical and mental disabilities.

My neighbour Pedro broke his neck as a young man in a car accident.
A few months ago his wheelchair tipped up and he broke his neck again.

His hands, which were normally functioning before, now are not very responsive or useful at all.

Simple things like getting out of bed, lifting himself from wheelchair to car, or chair to his scouter, or dealing with the bathroom are now very hard to manage without help.

The odds of having the same thing happen twice are astronomical - but it happened.

A life, again, changed in an instant.

But...his attitude inspires me

He's happy to be alive and to not have too many health problems.
He's happy to have a car and a scooter.

He's happy to have a loving family and friends.

He's grateful to have a clean and safe place to live at an affordable price, and he's glad to have access to home help and medical assistance.

When I get down about stuff, I think of P and some of the others here who are doing it even tougher than he is.

I have a lot to be thankful for - and I'm grateful to share it with you guys, and especially here to share the joy that comes from living clean and sober.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

Please - be thankful




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Old 11-21-2017, 05:58 PM
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I have a lot to be thankful for as well. Thanks for the reminder Dee!
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Old 11-21-2017, 06:07 PM
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It's so easy for us to get bogged down with petty complaints & disappointments. I'm grateful for your thoughts, Dee - and thankful for a friend like you.
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Old 11-21-2017, 06:13 PM
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Wow, Dee ~Thanks for sharing! So easy to take things for granted.....

I am thankful to be here and for the opportunity to share this recovery with you all....it would be close to impossible for me to attempt it alone....looking forward to another sober weekend
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Old 11-21-2017, 06:24 PM
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thanks Dee, I'm in.
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Thanks guys

For anyone struggling or anyone wondering how to negotiate Thanksgiving there's some great ideas here

https://www.soberrecovery.com/forums...ers-2-0-a.html (Thanksgiving and Xmas Survival Guide vers 2.0)

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Old 11-21-2017, 06:49 PM
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Thank you, Dee.

I am extremely grateful I found SR. It did make a huge difference in my life.
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Thank you Dee,

I am just staying at home and not going anywhere this holiday season

I am grateful today for being sober 28 days, for having all of you guys support here, for my two dogs whom i love so much, for my husband who is still with me despite everything, for having another chance at a relationship with my only sister alive and for the clarity and dignity that sobriety gives me everyday.

also grateful for hangover free days

and for still having a job and my health i am very grateful today
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I am in. Grateful for the community here, and I feel a part of it. Grateful i have the chance to do better.. It all could have gone so differently.
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Old 11-21-2017, 08:03 PM
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I am thankful and grateful for many things, including you, Dee!
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I’m very thankful for so many things (and people), and especially to my Higher Power, who is eternally patient with me and keeps propelling me along when I get bogged down.

I’m in.

I’m going to take some time today to (put on my coat!) and sit outside and reflect positivity on whatever pops into my mind. Grousing and feeling sorry for myself will not be allowed!
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Great message Dee. I am reminded of the time years ago when I was feeling very badly. It was a rainy night and I was sitting in a parking lot feeling sorry for myself with teary eyes. Then right in front of me a guy with 'flipper' arms walks up to the cash machine, fumbled to get his wallet out of his pocket and insert his card into the machine using both "hands" to hold the card flat. Then proceeds to use his nose to push the buttons on the key pad. Using his chin to hold his wallet he gets his cash into it... I felt foolish for feeling sorry for myself. I am thankful for all that I have.
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I'm in and grateful

I've been struggling some lately due to a brief relapse I had a couple of months back.

I had "planned" it in the back of the mind as we all do--no such thing as spur of the moment
in my playbook of how addiction works.

Anyhow, since then I've been hanging in pretty well, yet I can feel the urge
so much closer to the surface than it has been for years.
That's what happens post-relapse, at least for me.

Grateful to see this, to act on not drinking instead of slipping back in.
Off to a long hike with puppy now--Happy Hour on the trails is 24/ 7
sans alcohol--more to be grateful for

Still looking for a check in Tetra--great to see you LBrain
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Count me in. It's very easy to overlook the blessings we have and focus on the little problems.
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I didn't know there was a new thread! Well, then.

In and just glad to be alive today. Keeping it simple.
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Great kick-off, Dee,

2 years ago, at Thanksgiving, I got to spend time with both of my parents (who are divorced) both of my sisters, both nephews, my 98-year old grandmother, and a cousin I don't see very often. I only vaguely remember any of it because I kept slipping out to my car to take hits off of a vodka bottle until I was completely blotto.

At Thanksgiving celebrations this year, with over 600 days sober, I will get to see all of those same people again, and the thought of trying to "escape" that by drinking feels so foreign and unnatural to me. Yet at the time, it was inconceivable that I *wouldn't* drink. So THAT is what I will be giving thanks for this year.
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Thankful to have here when I need to read or post. Thank god im in the drivers seat again.

Great to check in to another weekender !

Happy thanksgiving
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Thank you Dee.

I am looking forward to my first sober Thanksgiving with family and grateful that my Higher Power has granted me this opportunity.

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I'm at my parents' house on day 11. Please pray for me (lol).
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