Monday, June 21

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!


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