Happy Thanksgiving

by Daniel · 0 comments

Today is a day that the United States celebrates Thanksgiving. For me as a child it was one of my favorite holidays ranking only second to Christmas. I loved the smell of cooking turkey! To this day I love to pig out on all the stuff that I now keep clear of! Apple pie, ice cream, stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes, cream corn, broccoli with cheese sauce, cranberry sauce…

Recently I was thinking back to my childhood before my addiction took hold of me. I could remember the happy stuff like Thanksgiving. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins would come to visit and the party would be on. Kids were kids and the adults were adults! I was on the phone with Diana Nightingale a while back and we were talking about the fact that Earl was raised in a low-income family. But the unique thing she said was that he was happy. She said kids do not know that they are from low income. When they play they are happy! Earl was happy but he wanted more. Wanting more does not equate to unhappiness!

For me that was a grand lesson. It helped me to reframe the way I thought about my life. What a gift that short conversation was. I am truly grateful today for my life, past and present. I have made some terrible mistakes. Yet I am grateful that I have the ability to look at them and evaluate them and utilize the experiences to change my course.

Today I want to express my gratitude to my family. My four children: Sean, Kristin, Liam and Seamus. They are my world, in the tough and bleakest of times in my life they have kept me fighting! I am proud of them all and I am grateful for their love. Thank You Guys!

I Spent 18 years with Laura. Our paths took us separate directions. However, I will never stop loving her. She is a great mother and friend; she is extremely family centered and a gift. I am grateful for the years we spent together. Thank You Laura!

I recently wrote a Blog about parents, my parents. They gave me the gift of helping others. I am in human service today because of their commitment to others. Thank You Mom and Pop!

I have two sisters and a brother. They too followed that direction. The oldest of my sisters is Peggy. Peggy and her husband John retired to South Carolina a few years ago. But Peggy was in the Ladies auxiliary of the Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years or so. Tracy is the younger and she is still serving our country in the United States Air Force. She has given over 23 years of dedicated service to our country. My brother George is the baby; he is more than 20 years in the Fire Department as well. I am grateful for their commitment to community and country. Thank You Peggy, Tracy and George!

I have more aunts and uncles then you could ever imagine. My dad’s sister has been my closest ally since I was born, Aunt Maureen! Everyone should have one! Thank You everyone and yes Aunt Maureen!

Here at The Last Resort Panama we will celebrate Thanksgiving with our guests, workers, and the self help groups in our community. People that are clean and sober for decades with their spouses. I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You for taking the time to read this and enjoy the holiday.

THANK YOU!

Dan ☺

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