The act of being grateful is important to me in sobriety for several reasons. During my addiction I spent so much time in pity and self-loathing that being in a good state of mind requires looking at the amazing things I do have instead of looking at the things I don’t have. It is like the analogy that we need to look at the glass half full instead of half empty. Optimism instead of pessimism is crucial because in sobriety we can start to lose sight of just how bad that things have been in the past when we were in active addiction. For me, I need to constantly stay focused on what amazing gifts that sobriety has given me because I don’t ever want to lose sight of where my addiction takes me. I am so grateful for the life that I have today and even though I have so much room for growth, I can already see such a transformation on my life and today the glass is half full.