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GRATITUDE The Importance of
Gratitude is an important part of my life. It’s a very powerful emotion — powerful enough to overcome some of the most negative emotions people experience. When someone shares their gratitude with you and tells you how important you are to them, it sends a powerful message. I often look at where I’m at now, and I’m grateful for all the wonderful things that have become a part of who I am today. That gratefulness is all the stronger when I reflect on where I once was. That said, my sobriety is one of the most important things in my life and something I’m incredibly grateful to have. At one point in time, drugs and alcohol were taking their toll. They caused so much unbridled wreckage in my life. After a lot of hard work, I made it to a point where I could use my story and experiences to give strength and hope to others who are struggling with the disease of addiction. I’m thankful I can tell them where I’ve been, what it was like, and what it’s like now after having become an attorney. There were stepping stones, and there was a light at the end of the tunnel, even if, at times, it was hard to see.
I open up my day planner in the morning, and as I get started on the day, I write down three things that I’m grateful for. I remind myself of what’s good in life. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re thinking about the good.
Gratitude also helps put my problems into perspective. When I do look at my personal problems, the truth is that they’re Cadillac problems. I know there are folks dealing with far greater problems than me right now. Having a measure of gratitude gives me that perspective. I was once the person with real problems, and now I can help people with their own. To really get down to it, I’m grateful to God. He has done for me what I could not do for myself. I continue to be amazed, just as I am grateful, for the life I have today — my family, parents, and friends, as well as my business success. My parents, in particular, have always been behind me. They are an incredibly supportive couple of people. Along those same lines, there is my wife, Alison, who keeps me on track and focused. Without my parents and without Alison, I would be a very different person. I’m also grateful for the nonprofits we’ve had the good fortune of working with. We’ve been working with both Doodle Rock Rescue and TangoTab — two organizations that do good in very different ways. I’m excited to work with these organizations even further — especially TangoTab this fall. I do want to mention that we’ll be partnering with Mission Arlington along with TangoTab on Thanksgiving, handing out meals to those less fortunate.
Here’s to gratitude and to finding the good in life,
Because of my experience, gratitude has become something I think about nearly every day. When
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