The Importance of Gratitude

Gratitude.  I keep repeating that word over and over. It is my silent mantra and one that I hope will help me change my current attitude.

That is because at the moment I have a bad attitude. I have a long list of grievances that are chapping my hide and am frustrated because instead of shrinking the list seems to be growing.

I won’t talk to certain friends about it because I don’t want to hear about how it can always be worse. I know that. Fact is that someone very dear to me just lost her father to a terrible disease. Another friend lost her baby and someone else I know lost her sister and mother in September.

Lost being the euphemism I am using for death, that is.

So I know damn well that it could be worse and I am just not interested in hearing about it. It is not helpful and it is not going to make my crap disappear.

But I am a father and I don’t get to go to the local dive bar, get drunk and start a barroom brawl. Got to tell you that there is a part of me that sort of wants to try that but there is a much bigger part of me that doesn’t like getting hit and isn’t willing to deal with the hangover that comes with it.

Besides if I want to engage in major acts of stupidity I can think of things that are far more fun and far less painful than that brawl I mentioned. You should really just pretend that I never…

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4 Comments

  1. Justin November 14, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    An attitude of gratitude can do wonders for your well being and experience of life.

    Start slow by taking one minute each day and naming 5 things that you are grateful for.

  2. Stan Faryna November 14, 2011 at 1:36 am

    Gratitude can be as big as a mountain. And as distant – if you don’t live on that mountain. If you can be grateful for a handful of things today, that’s a good place to start today.

  3. Dennis November 11, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Hi! I believe in the importance of gratitude and the effect it has to our self. Everyday I wake I am thankful that I’m alive. Everything I have, every experience is always something to be grateful about. Look at the things around you, the people you love and always be thankful you have them. 🙂

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