One of my favorite sayings is, “Ed takes and recovery gives.” I would like you to think about that statement this week as Christmas approaches. The holidays are stressful for most people with all the food, parties, family, shopping, etc. that we have to face. And, if you’re facing it with Ed next to you, it can be unbearable at times. However, appreciating the gifts we hold within us is important. These are the gifts that make us whole and who we are without Ed.

My wish for you this week is to think about the gifts that recovery has given you in your life and in your recovery. Even if your recovery only started one meal ago, you have been given a gift.  Ed doesn’t give gifts, recovery does. It can be the gift of eating 100% at a snack or meal, the gift of family and friends, the gift of your treatment team, the gift of being able to express a feeling today, the gift of your commitment to your recovery, the gift of the energy you have to move through your day…look, for they are there.  Cherish them and use them as a motivator to move forward and grow.

For me, I am grateful for the gifts of family, friends, love, relationships, laughter, freedom, dreams, self-acceptance, strength, mindfulness, hope, feelings, emotions, self-love, choice, my body, health and so much more. Recovery has given me these gifts and I hold them close to my heart and let them flourish inside my soul to help me grow and live.

Know this holiday season (and beyond) the gifts that recovery will give you will be the best gifts you’ve ever opened and ever received. Keep the faith, stay strong and believe!

With health, hope and strength,

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