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Updated: Nov 21, 2020

We have entered the season of thankfulness. And, since 2020 has been such a difficult year for so many, I think it's important to focus on what we are all thankful for. When life is a struggle - when everything shuts down, when people lose their jobs, their health, even their loved ones all because of a pandemic, it can be difficult to find the good in the world. But there is still good in the world.

Studies have shown that focusing on gratitude, even if only for a few minutes each day, can actually help reduce depression, have better self esteem, and sleep better. And who couldn't use some better sleep these days?

So for this Blog, I asked the volunteers, students, and even adults in the AA program at Open Arms to give me some of the things that they are thankful for. Below is their (anonymous) list:

- That I can see the children's smiling eyes and hear their giggles each week.

- Friends at Open Arms

- Friends and Family (many people listed this)

- Open Arms for helping me

- Life!

- Little babies and babysitting

- Art and crafting

- Piano / music

- Math (and help with it)

- Reading

- Salvation

- The Nintendo Switch that I got for Christmas last year

- My dog

- Shelter

- Seeing the children each week

- Being healthy

- Holidays

- Thanksgiving

- That I can learn

- Sobriety

- Having a job

- Nature and the outdoors

- I am pleased to decide that today I live differently thanks to Alcoholics Anonymous. My family is better and very happy. Thank you for the place you lend us.

- Firstly thank God and you who give us your chicken with the place where we can meet you and stay sober with a new life.

That's our list. What's yours? Leave us a comment below.

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