A Grateful Heart


Hello everyone, my name is Brian Kleber. I am so grateful to be given this opportunity to be a regular contributor on Beguine Again by my friend Terri. I love to write and honestly I love the topic of gratitude in general. I want to tell you why I love gratitude so much and how it has become an essential part in my life. I am a recovering addict whose's clean date is August 7th, 2017. In the recovery community I am known for bringing up the topic of gratitude if there isn't a topic raised in the meetings. I guess you can say I'm well-known for gratitude so it makes sense Terri asked me to write about gratitude on a regular basis.

People in the rooms would always tell me after my relapse that a grateful addict will never use. At first I had no clue what gratitude meant or how to cultivate it in my life. But through working the 12-steps - I have come to know what gratitude is and how to have it be a central, everyday part of my life. Gratitude means the state of being warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received;thankful. Throughout the process of my recovery - I have found that I can find gratitude in almost every situation.

I have so many things to be thankful for in my current life. The biggest thing that I am grateful for is the fact that my faith has allowed me to accept myself as a queer individual and to accept myself as a transgender non-binary person who wishes for the world to see a male when they look at me. My faith has allowed me to love myself and who God created me to be instead of listening to the nay-sayers. I am grateful for the fact that I've been on the medical transition process since March 7th, 2018 and for what that process has given me. I have been able to weed out all the negative people and I am currently surrounded with positive, uplifting and encouraging folxs of faith. I have been able to remain grateful even when I was losing ALL of my old friends and associates because I was transgender. For me gratitude is a choice, we can choose to be deeply appreciative of the things around us even when the world is coming crashing down around us.

This quote I have found ties it all up for me:
A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being. James E. Faust

Have a Grateful Friday!

Categories: courage faith Gratitude

4 comments

  1. Jamie Dedes said on April 30, 2018
    Congrats on all, Brian. Well done.
    1. Brian Kleber said on May 6, 2018
      Thank you
  2. jrcowles said on May 6, 2018
    WOW!!! Just ... freaking ... *** WOW!!! *** I have plenty of reasons to react that way, though the story is far too long to tell. Suffice to say I am grateful for my wife Diane, my stellar in-law family, my wife’s and my community of friends at the Seattle Public Library from which Diane recently retired after 28 years, our health, our material / financial resources (including health insurance!) ... see what I mean by too long to tell. THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME ... As Terri’s and Jamie’s Skeptic-In-Residence, it’s easy to forget to be grateful. Occupational hazard. JC
    1. Brian Kleber said on May 6, 2018
      I’m grateful that my words have stirred up in you a reminder to look for gratitude in life. It has truly given me a new lease on life.

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