You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.Khalil GibranHow easy it is to overlook joy. We chalk up good feelings to chance or luck, certain that they will pass as quickly as they seemingly came. Moments of bliss get minimized while we anxiously imagine the dread that will follow. Our conviction that sorrow and distress are always looming creates a desire to take the other shoe off instead of waiting for it to drop. We offer up prayers, light candles, set intentions, cross our fingers and hold our breath hoping that our discomfort will pass quickly. Then when it does and we are once again enveloped by happiness and peace, we dismiss it. We barely catch our breath before we're holding it again.What would it be like to fully embrace our joy? What would it be like to count our blessings as we're experiencing them instead of in the midst of a crisis? How would life be different if we existed in abundance rather than deprivation?I tell clients that this is what being recovered means. It is gratitude for what is rather than concentration on what isn't. It is accepting that we deserve goodness rather than certainty of everlasting punishment. Being recovered is being fully alive, fully experiencing both our good fortune and our bad. Today, I will practice this. I will give thanks for the bountiful goodness in my life. I will prioritize joy and place value on grace.