A Full and Thankful Heart

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I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with Gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing Love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.”

As Bill sees it, pg. 37

Our hearts were not the only things full this evening as we celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast at Jaywalker Lodge. Chef Brian and the food are consistently rated among the best things about Jaywalker and tonight was no exception. Alex C., staff technician, with the help of Alumnus Clif B. and one of our Jaywalker clients volunteered to prepare this evenings traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. They fed over 50 grateful people including the Lodge Clients, Solutions clients and more than 25 local Alumni and staff. The room was filled with gratitude and appreciation for the volunteers and Jaywalker for providing a “home-cooked” Thanksgiving meal and the opportunity to fellowship with others in our Jaywalker community. Although we weren’t with our families of origin, we were blessed to be with our Jaywalker and Recovery Family to celebrate and give thanks for the opportunity to live life sober.

I am grateful not only for sobriety, but the quality of life my sobriety has brought. Not only am I free from the chains of addiction but now I have a life with serenity and contentment. I know what it means to love unconditionally and to truly be of service to others. Provided I maintain a fit spiritual condition I have the opportunity to be of service to my fellowship,my friends, my family, and my community. Today and everyday I strive to live an “attitude of gratitude” and pay it forward in all my affairs. I truly am blessed beyond measure. Happy Thanksgiving !

With Gratitude,

Mark Kloster
Alumni Coordinator

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