In last week’s column, I shared what I called my ABCs of gratitude. In the past few days, I’ve had to revisit my list several times. This was a distressing week. Even more perplexing is my inability to determine the exact cause of my anguish. I could not surmount unrelenting sadness and an aura of melancholy. After talking it through and reflecting on my list, I was able to get through the mystifying time. Employing gratitude does not thwart us from sadness. It serves to encourage us to shift focus. Thus, here is the remainder of my ABCs of gratitude:
Never compare yourself to another. I am an individual, unique in design. To liken myself to anyone is self-defeating and emotionally depleting.
Optimism is golden. A positive attitude is good for the mind, body, and soul.
Peace is prosperity and its benefits are immeasurable. I am inclined to make better decisions when I am in a peaceful state. I also suss ed that protecting my peace entails withdrawing from people and circumstances that compromise it.
Quality outweighs quantity. I was once fixated on the number of years I’d live to see. Death was a recurring theme. I recognize that my preoccupation with dying was preventing me from fully living. Today, those thoughts may visit at times, but they pass. What is of utmost importance is the manner in which I live and what I accomplish with the time I have now. My life is about legacy.
Realize that you are born to thrive. My gifts and talents are exclusively for me. I am obligated to use them appropriately. I will prosper through pain, illness, and adversity.
See the possibilities instead of the problems. When self-pity arrives to count my woes, I consider and chronicle the defeats. Problems are inexorable. At times a winning attitude is essential.
Take all the time you need. I am entitled to feel, grieve, and experience life on my terms. No one gets to decide that for me.
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