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Be obsessively grateful

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Be obsessively grateful. Are we? Do we realize what a great life we have? Do we realize that we live in the most independent and magnificent country in the world? Do we know that we have more opportunities, more life to live then ever before?

I am not so sure, when I see any kind of news. News is depressing, and news, unfortunately, doesn't tell us how well we are doing. They point out our flaws, magnify them, and make it seem like everything is going terribly. It isn't. It isn't often that tragedy affects us personally, but it is magnified when it is on 24 hours a day. A Sparkfriend just had someone in her town killed by a kid with a gun. A senseless robbery. An awful thing, again with someone with a gun. Senseless violence is just that, senseless. Let's take our Country back.

So, do we look at everything as though it all is terrible, or are we grateful for every sunrise, every gorgeous day, even the beauty of the flowers and trees outside? Are we grateful for our families, for our friends, for our life? Are we always in awe of our bodies, and how much they can take from us, eating too much garbage, and being able to bounce back?

Are we grateful for ourselves, for our perserverence, for our positive outlook, for our very lives? Not often enough. We need to stop those negative voices, and let gratefulness win, every single time. Take time to love yourself, be grateful for your body, for it's magnificent evolutionary engineering, for it's capacity to keep on ticking, no matter what. Be grateful for healthy food and exercise. Be grateful for life. This is all you get.

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  • HOLLYM48
    I am grateful every single morning that I wake up, can get out of bed and walk and talk and sing and run. Not everyone can, and we must not take it for granted. LIfe is precious. Yes there are bad things that happen, but we are strong and very resilient and we must push to move on. I feel so blessed every single day that I have a home that I love, people surrounding me that I love and they love me back and a life I can be proud of.
    Spark on and keep on loving life!
    1707 days ago
    My husband and I often talk about this topic. Fortunately, we have a lot of reasons to be grateful. We do watch too much news, though.
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    1710 days ago
    I agree whole heartedly! There are times I feel so overwhelmed with things I am dealing with in my life, but I turn things around and realize there are people who would still trade with me...that as difficult as my life is there are still many things I am grateful for and I try to never lose sight of them!
    Thank you for the reminder!
    You can't have too much gratitude!
    1710 days ago
    I am convinced that happiness comes from gratitude. When we're grateful for everything, then we are happier and our outlook on life improves. It's hard to find gratitude in tragedy, but if there's one little tiny glimmer of hope, be grateful for it so that the awfulness is easier to bear.

    I'm grateful for you, my dear, lovely friend! And that will keep a smile on my face for the rest of the day....

    1710 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1710 days ago
    The bottom line is that bad things *do* happen, and we can't un-do them after the fact. But we CAN live our lives in a way to honor those who no longer have the choices we do! We can make life better by living it, every day, best we can, and that includes "obsessive gratitude". emoticon
    1711 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Yes the news can be a real downer and yes no one should spend their days obsessing over the latest disaster or tragedy. But I believe that we must not put on blinders. Ignoring the ugly things in the world just encourages more ugliness.

    Be grateful for your life and all that makes it good and meaningful and then use your voice and your talents to make life better, safer and healthier for others. emoticon emoticon
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    1711 days ago
    Thanks. Some real good points here. The "all you get" part may not be totally true. Sometimes through our own actions and attitudes, we can have more. Even more gratitude!
    1711 days ago
    I am watching less and less news. I was happier years ago when I was too busy to watch. At work we had a big screen tv behind the receptionist and that was the only news I heard. Each day I am grateful for what I have and work hard to not focus on what I don't have - what's the point!
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  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    WOW!! you couldn't be more right!! emoticon emoticon
    1711 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13354694
    1711 days ago
    Yes, there will always be violence, however, we can dote on it or look on a brighter side of life. I agree its very scary. I'm with JJ. I look at whats happening in my own little world.
    1711 days ago
    Life is full of the good, the bad and the ugly, that's for sure. But we absolutely cannot have the bad and the ugly dictate how we feel about life! YES I believe we need to look @ those bad and ugly situations and LEARN from them. But overall, focus on the GOOD.

    1711 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15665102
    Both the scary bits and the glorious bits are true, and we have a choice about what we focus on. emoticon
    1711 days ago
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