Gratitude and Thoughts

As the physically weak man can make himself strong by careful and patient training, so the man of weak thoughts can make them strong by exercising himself on right thinking.

— James Allen —

I ran across the opening quote during my quiet time yesterday morning.

It caused me to pause and reflect and within seconds I was overwhelmed with gratitude for the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Thirty-four years ago I was a lost soul in search of a remedy for my substance abuse disorder.

Then an addiction counselor said something I will never forget, “Jay, you don’t have a drinking problem, you have a thinking problem.”

Up to that point in my life, my emotions controlled most of my thoughts, and my thoughts led to some pretty irrational and crazy actions.

Today, for the most part, my thoughts control my emotions and I began training my thoughts years ago by working the Twelve spiritual steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with a trusted mentor.

Today, I try my best to live the steps.

Thus, the reason for my gratitude towards AA.

Does your thinking muscles need training?

Do you find yourself losing your serenity over people, places, things, and situations you have no control over?

Our thoughts are at the root of all of our problems … I always write from experience.

If I’m not the problem, there is no solution.


Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”


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