Thanksgiving is over. Are you feeling guilty because you ate too many desserts? Or maybe you had a fierce argument with a friend or relative? Perhaps you got high before the big feast and spoiled it for other at the table? Or maybe you just watched television and moped around the house?
On days when I feel down, I do the gratitude exercise before I go to sleep, and I find peace. My rules are that I must express gratitude for three things that day, and I must treat each day as a separate day, not referring to constants in my life but always seeking the new. And I always find the three things. They might seem small to others, and I don’t share them with others because that takes them from the private to the public arena.
Recently, I watched the 2007 Jack Nicholson-Morgan Freeman film “The Bucket List.”
I’m sure all of my readers are familiar with the concept of identifying the experiences you’d like most to have before dying, before “kicking the bucket.”
Toward the end of the film, the two characters these actors are playing are visiting the pyramids and Carter, Morgan Freeman, asks Edward, Jack Nicholson, two questions: Have you found joy in your life? And have you brought joy to others?
Today, I’m going to relate some of the joys in my life, and there are many. It’s up to others to answer the second question about me: Have you brought joy to others?
*Some are reluctant to say they were born and brought up in eastern Kentucky because to much of the U.S. that means ignorance and poverty. My life was rich in having two loving parents and an environment that was rich with natural beauty, a beauty I was taught to appreciate. Further, I was surrounded by educated people who shared their knowledge with no apologies.
*I’ve always loved children, and I am blessed to have two sons who are honorable men as well as a granddaughter and a grandson who are also honorable, kind, considerate, and loving.
*Because of those influential people in my early years, I have always valued and enjoyed education. My education has always provided me with employment opportunities and put me in situations where I could use my creativity, motivation, and hard work to bring about positive change. And when I see these positive changes, I feel absolute delight.
Three is plenty for my list. Your turn. What about you?
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