An Attitude of Gratitude makes a difference in my perception of life in general. Sometimes I must slow down to look at what matters most to make my attitude change from a negative perspective to the positive.
Having 19-million views on Google Maps does make me feel grateful on one level, but it’s only another number added to my accomplishments as a Returning Citizen.
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Writing about gratitude when not feeling so grateful about life as it is while writing isn’t easy, but I will overcome the negative feelings by writing about the positive aspects of my life.
I’m not filled with self-pity or dealing with depression. Things just haven’t been going the way for me the way I had hoped.
Because I am dealing with a personal relationship not turning out the way I had hoped. I’m just not in my typical cheerful mode, as I often am when walking around the store where I work trying to spread cheer by speaking with others. Or when walking in a park enjoying nature, feeling a cool breeze that heightens the senses, or experiencing the joy of seeing something beautiful.
Self-Pity: One saying for feeling self-pity in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous is, “Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, Pour Me Another Drink.”
The antidote for self-pity is to make a list of all you are grateful for in your life.
Writing and Typing: Right now, I am sitting in front of a computer working on a blog to help brighten the day of those whom I cannot see or do not know. If this makes you smile, I am grateful for taking the time to do what I am doing.
Thinking about someone smiling while reading this blog gave me a burst of joy, and gratitude for the God-given ability to use words to help others to experience feelings.
Grateful for What Counts: I am grateful for my good health, for having eyes to see, feet to get me to where I want to go, and even if my two feet hurt, for having two feet to hurt. I’m grateful for the ability to love and for being loved.
Family & Friends: More so than anything else, I am grateful for still having friends and family who love and care for me and who I know would be there for me in times of need.
Tomorrow I will be celebrating with loved ones as we share love and hugs, and then while we eat good food. 🙂
In closing, I am grateful for not being in the same position that I was in back in 2016 when I wrote Gratitude and More from inside the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons. I am grateful for being a free man, a good man.
Now that is something to smile about, to be proud of, and grateful for being in a position to sit in front of this computer doing what I do best: write.