By: Shannon Ralph
As I sat down to write today, I fully intended to go into rabid rant mode about the things in my life that annoy me. My list is long and elaborate, with definite hints of judgmental bitchiness thrown in for good measure. However, the more I wrote, the more I thought, Who wants to read all this negativity? I think we all encounter more than our fair share of negativity in the course of a day. One only has to turn on the television to be bombarded with ugliness and injustice and frivolous feuds galore. So rather than rave about the petty annoyances of life, I’ve decided to make a list of the things for which I am grateful today. I am in dire need of a perspective shift—a gratitude adjustment—and perhaps this will do the trick.
Wow. Seeing all of the wonderful things I have to be grateful for—right in front of me in black and white—is humbling. I suppose I have more to be thankful for than I previously imagined. I need to remember this when I feel like throttling a coworker. Or evicting my eight-year-old son. Or when my daughter follows me from room to room begging me to color in her princess coloring book for the four hundred and sixteenth time in one day. I am blessed beyond belief. I tend to overlook this fact when I am knee-deep in funk and frustration. However, despite petty annoyances, my life really is amazing. I definitely need to make room in my life for more gratitude.
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Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian
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