“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
Melody Beattie (1948- )
A St. Paul, Minnesota native, Beattie is best known for her writing on co-dependence, the excessive preoccupation with the needs of another, at the cost of paying attention to one’s own needs. She survived kidnapping at age 4, childhood sexual abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, marriage to an alcoholic, divorce, and the death of one of her own children. She spent three years caring for her mother as she died from Alzheimer’s disease. She has written more than a dozen books on topics including grief, denial, meditation and 12 Step programs.