Gratitude is a profoundly spiritual stance and it is also demonstrated by unselfish acts. It draws us out of our negative thinking, that tendency that many of us have to focus on what is missing, what we don’t have, what we lack. It invites us to look again and to see what is right, what we do have and how blessed we are. It gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the positive role that others have played in our lives. It challenges us to call up the humility that is needed to express heartfelt gratitude to another. It’s an admission that much of the good that we enjoy in life is a gift, a blessing that we did not earn. So, this is the day we ask: for what are you grateful? Are you happy to be alive? Do you love being clean and sober? Are you grateful for the blessings you have, your talents, gifts, and abilities? Are you grateful to have a Higher Power today? Has anyone played a part in your recovery, be it family, friends, sponsors or peers? Would you be willing to tell them that? As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s be willing to call these people and thank them directly. I am truly grateful for all of the people in my life and the many invitations I have had to join friends for Thanksgiving dinner. This is a far cry from the lonely orphan that crawled through the doors of AA over 30 years ago. Have a beautiful, blessed and thoughtful Thanksgiving.