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  Finding Gratefulness: A Recovery Tip For Love Addicts

by Jim Hall, MS, Love Addiction Recovery Expert

Recovering from love addiction is not easy. As love addicts, to break the ingrained relational patterns that has caused us so much pain takes time, patience, and persistence. Face it; as human beings rarely in our lives do great things do not come easy. If you are a love addict with a genuine desire to recover – I strongly encourage you to-- never give up- no matter how much you slip, no matter how many mistakes, no matter how many times you fall into the old painful love addicted patterns in your effort to change. There is hope.


A healthier life, fulfilling love, and authentic inner-love will come if you just keep putting one foot in front of the other. It often feels cumbersome, overwhelming, and distressing on our path to recovering.

During this journey-, I believe it is critical we sometimes put focus on things we can be grateful for in our lives today. This is not always an easy thing to do, especially early in recovery. If you discover difficulty in being grateful in your life this day, then read the following:

If The World Were a Village of 100 People...

If the world were a village of 100 people, of the 100 people in this village:

  • 50 live in poverty

  • 53 live on less than $2.00 a day

  • 66 of adults are illiterate

  • 24 do not have electricity

  • 93 do not own a computer

  • 30 are unemployed (many others are underemployed)

  • 28 work in agriculture

  • 20 of them are undernourished

  • 20 have no clean, safe water to drink

  • 44 have no access to clean sanitation

  • Only 70 people of the 100 own an automobile

  • Just under half of the married women in the village have access to and use modern contraceptives.

  • In one year, 28 babies will be born. Ten people will die, 3 of them for lack of food, 1 from cancer, 2 of the deaths are of babies born within the year.

  • If you do not live in fear of death by bombardment, armed attack, landmines, or of rape or kidnapping by armed groups, then you are more fortunate than 20, who do.

  • If you can speak and act according to your faith and your conscience without harassment, imprisonment, torture or death, then you are more fortunate than 48 of the 100 villagers.

  • If you have money in the bank, money in your wallet and spare change somewhere around the house, then you are among the richest 8 of them.

  • If you can read this message, that means you are probably lucky!
    (source:  Donella Meadows, "State of the Village Report")


Now ask yourself: What can you be grateful for today?

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