One thing 1/1

As I review 2022…there have been many events…but the one thing that changed me as a human being this year was the passing of my cat Pickles.

This is not a sadness I am feeling but a gratefulness.

I had never lost any one that close to me before. The love that I felt through loss was just unspeakable. I simply had no idea.

Pickles our cat for 12 years

And then…

My son found Eve our new kitten on the internet…a rescue from Miami. She came to us shortly after the passing of Pickles and again…I was over powered by the force of love.

Eve’s name means life…and she is just that…LIFE.

Pickles brother Snoopy is still with us and he and Eve just love each other. Snoopy has become a more healthier and more playful cat because of Eve.

Snoopy 12yrs and Eve at 3 months

It might sound strange…but I do not miss Pickles because I feel him in Eve ALL the time. I call Eve – Pickles by accident at least once a day. But I really feel his essence in her – I don’t understand that…but it’s true.

Eve adoring her older brother Snoopy

This changed me…because I realized that the power of love is far greater than I had any idea about.

It has made me pay attention a bit more to the beauty and circle of life.

It just blows me away.

Happy New Year All!!! 2023 – a mystery!

Published by gracefuladdict

I am a true addict living my life one day at a time in recovery. I have been substance free -meaning NO drugs or alcohol since 5/23/10. My intention is to share my experiences daily in the hopes to free others from the fears of being who they truly are. My wish is to bravely tell my truth so others can tell theirs as well. I want to be free of self hatred and doubt. I want to live a life of joy, kindness, love and grace. Thank you!

38 thoughts on “One thing 1/1

  1. Very heart touching, dear Danielle. I am sooo grateful to have met you through WordPress and learned so much from you. Wish you a Fabulous 2023.❤❤❤😊😊😊😊🌹🌹🌹

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      1. Thank you so much dear Danielle. Wish you and your family a very Happy New Year, 2023. ❤❤❤😊😊😊. Wishing you all the happiness, success, love, peace, prosperity, good health and a long life. 🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🍩🍩🍩☕☕☕☕☕☕🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰


  2. I’m so sorry for your loss but I love that you can still feel Pickle’s presence. I really believe the ones we lose don’t go altogether, they’re around us always. So excited for what your 2023 is like! I hope it’s filled with blessing and can’t wait to read about all the new things you’ll learn about xx

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  3. Happy New Year Danielle! And yes, love is a great power, a beautiful power, something we are all drawn to in that sharing and completeness. Have a great year my friend, it has so much more yet to give us 😀❤️🙏🏽

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  4. I’m praying for a better year ahead and an end to the insanity! I hope you experience more joy and peace and continued sobriety and all is as it should be in your life! It’s been quite the year but it has been memorable after discovering your website! Thanks for your continued words of wisdom and sharing your love….VK ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Thank Dr Stein…love has no limits so growth is in order – I wish the same for you and all you are blessed to encounter! Pleasure getting to read your thoughts and pick your brain a bit 🎁❤️❤️thank you kindly!


  5. Could be a case of serendipity that Eve was meant for you and your son, and Pickles had something to do with it. I’m glad Snoopy and Eve are such buddies, too.
    Wishing you all the best for the New Year! 🙂

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    1. It couldn’t have been more serendipitous!! I actually wanted to change her name but my son wouldn’t let me. So I looked up the meaning of it and it was Life and New Life – unbelievable!❤️
      This little girl has brought so much love into our home ❤️❤️
      Thank you so much and have a great New Year!!!

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  6. It’s often hard to for me to understand how others went so many years, without the deep hit AND Gifts bestowed via Grief and Connection with True – loving – and only telling ya this, so if my following thing seems ‘out of place’ or rude –

    “Happy for you – in my world? no matter when it happens, how it happens, these kind of things forever change us – for better or worse – and to my mind? For the better – for you! Congrats on walking through the muck, to get to the better, and noticing the ‘gift’ in the ‘horrible’ along the way” – ❤

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    1. I always have known that other people have experienced way more loss than myself when it comes to animals/friends/family- I have experienced very little. I was on the other side saying how come they are going through all this?
      Well – it knocked me and my son down into the depths of our beings…enough said.
      But the compassion that it gave me as a person- the layer of skin it ripped off…was tremendous and for that I am grateful.
      My little girl Eve was saved from being destroyed and the minute she came to us has run our house with an unexpected and unbelievable amount of love ❤️
      I hope you are doing well my friend it’s quite nice hearing from you as always🙏💕

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      1. I’m hanging on – some Life Paths to be walked in my life, as many around my core sphere of community/mentors/teachers grow older and well — it’s NOT like I don’t know what this path looks like, nor do I fail to understand my duty, my job, etc…and yet – each time is just a tad different, and every time? I sometimes wonder if I’ve learned enough to do ‘this moment right for the highest good of everyone’ and whether I’m strong enough in my heart, or need to put up a temporary barrier so I can function when need be, mourn step by step as the days go by, instead of what I used to do a long time ago – close it all off – wait until the ‘work to be done’ was no longer needed, then decompressed for so many months – it seemed as if I might never find my way back to being open to the joy sans the intense pain – sigh – My mind tells me I am equipped to do a ‘tad better’ this time, but sometimes? My heart just closes down and I SO NEED IT, so I walk the journey with Love! 😀 Thank you, as always, for listening during my time of need – much appreciated and whether I steal time away to log in here or only when I know I absolutely must, to move out from the microsm of my life to remember the greater truths weaving through the macrosm? Well – I think of my bloggy pals, here – my cyber-support group and, whether I log in, read or comment like I should, to keep the connections going? I am heartened, reminded, etc., and it gives me strength on the hard days – so thank you, as always – for being you and putting it ‘out there’ to be a source of inspiration and strength, to me on my journey! ❤

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