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Day 422 - Gratitude for a Great Weekend and the Week to Come

Monday, January 25, 2016

I meant to write this yesterday, but the day got away from me. So I'm starting earlier today to get this one written, and then I hope to get back into the swing of writing daily. It's good for me.

I am no longer a "woe-is-me" person. I've realized that the best way to be happy is to be thankful. The happiness comes automatically. I wish I could get Steve to feel that way too. Most of the time, he's a happy guy, but he also harbors a lot of anger that comes out unexpectedly on occasion.

He has commented that he's met some people recently who have gone through major accidents and come out of them perennially cheerful. He says it about me too. One of his supervisors at the store, Robert, was shot while trying to chase down a shoplifter when he was working at another store down in the Bay Area. At one point, his doctors told him he may never walk again. Well, he IS walking, but with an awkward gait, but he is always chipper and smiling and delightful to talk to.

The accident I experienced had the same effect on me. Just being alive after that was enough for me to realize that I had something to be grateful for every day, waking up to a new day and all the possibility that lies ahead. I never want to feel sorry for myself again.

That doesn't mean I don't get blue sometimes. I still have mild depression that I can feel coming on about two hours before it really hits. My eyes burn and my chest feels heavy, and I think, "Oh, no you don't!" Those are the times when gratitude is ultra-important. I will spend a few minutes thinking of all those things that I'm grateful for, and when the sadness comes, I don't feel as awful as I used to feel.

Spend 5 minutes every day being grateful for what you have. It may not be as much as you want, but it's as much as you need. See if it doesn't bring you happiness, as it has for me.

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  • no profile photo CD15118206
    Love the blog and you!!!
    Having an attitude of gratitude is a great way to live!
    1859 days ago
  • MAYIE53
    Wonderfully inspiring blog. Gratitude makes a world of difference in how one experiences life.
    1859 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Gratitude enhances the life of the one who is grateful. It enriches the hours and days of those who are recipients or witnesses of such gratitude. The gentle touch of a hand or a smile that says I see you, you are not invisible. It costs us nothing and it gives so much.
    But gratitude is not only for the human race. A frightened animal that is hungry or is lost or worse, speak to it softly. Those words may be the first that it has heard that have not been screamed in anger. And this forsaken may reward you with a look in it's eyes, that you have never seen before.
    No matter how long each of us lives, life is too short not to be grateful!

    Steve, please know I am and will be forever grateful to call you friend.

    1860 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    This is the way I do it. I start out making a list of all the things I have that I appreciate.
    I then have to cross out three. After that, I have to cross out three more. I keep doing that until I only have three things left. What can I live without?
    What am I most grateful for? The most important things float to the top of the list. See what they are for you. Steve-2, too.
    It changes the whole ball game.
    1860 days ago
    My life has had it's fair share of challenges. And, like you, I've chosen gratitude.

    Have a wonderful day, Steve!
    1860 days ago
    Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.
    ~ William E. Gladstone

    that's YOU, Steve. Describes you to a T.

    thank you for being YOU and for sharing yourself with the Sparkverse! (there's a Twitterverse, so there's a Sparkverse, right?)
    1860 days ago
    We sing a song at church about "put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness" and I just sing that one phrase over and over and it passes a lot faster then if I don't . Thanks for your wonderful insight...as usual dear Steve.
    1860 days ago
    You're so right. I think having an "attitude of gratitude" is life changing. It is so enriching, so satisfying, and the good thoughts will keep growing. Feeding the "bad" thoughts only encourages them to linger. I choose to learn my lesson and move on. It makes for a healthier and happier life. --Pam
    1860 days ago
    I love this blog. We all have reasons to be happy. That accident idea has merit. We both know how good it feels to be on the healthy side of an accident. You have so much to be happy about!! xoxoxo
    1860 days ago
    We all have our sad and down days, but being grateful is a wonderful way to bring us back to reality. That is one reason I always take the time to read your blogs--they are so positive. Can't help but put a little smile on my face.

    Keep up the good work.
    1860 days ago
    I also have so much to be thankful for. You are right. We need to think of all the good things to be able to get the sad things out of our minds and heart.

    Thank you Steve for this beautiful blog.
    1860 days ago
    I hear you, Steve! I often feel sorrow and stuck, but I am grateful for what I have and I know there are many who would trade places with me! It's perspective! And I think that's what it is for those who, like you, have been through a traumatic event and come through...they can see so much clearer what life has to offer and what it's about! I am always in awe over what some people make of their lives despite what's happened to them or what they have to cope with! We need to take pause and learn from it! There is much to understand and learn!
    Thank you for pointing it out!
    Have a great week!
    1860 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    It's a good point and the anger is almost like PTSD, especially when I feel hampered by my back injury. Gratitude can be elusive , but worth digging deep for.
    1860 days ago
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