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Attitude of Gratitude–Day 17–Brother from another mother!

I moved to Long Island, New York a year ago today. The transition has had it’s ups and downs, but overall it’s been rewarding.

One of the biggest challenges I’ve come up against here has been finding a group of friends who I jive well with. It’s hard enough for people in their mid-twenties who move to a big city to make a new group of friends, but that sentiment is multiplied by 100 out here in the suburbs.

And while my social life is a bit strained, I have met a handful of amazing people out here to whom I am truly grateful. One of my new best friends is my pal Erick. When we met we connected instantly. He has taken me into his group of friends and introduced me to his wonderful girlfriend and his entire family. He calls me his “sister from another mister” and I call him my “brother from another mother.” We come from the same celestial lineage and the stars aligned in our favor to bring us together out here on Long Island.

Whether we are tearing it up on the dance floor with the Turn Up Crew, eating tacos on a Friday night or exploring a favorite walking trail, I am grateful to this lovely human being for existing!

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Attitude of Gratitude–Day 15–No Mud, No Lotus

It’s the worst days that make this gratitude practice the best.

You know, the days when you run your story of victimization and self-denigration over and over until you embolden your emotions and convince yourself of their truth? Yeah, those days. Today was that kind of day for me.

For a moment (or two..) I allowed myself to be overcome with frustration, to feel bad for myself and play the victim. A person can do this for a long time…hence the reason there is so much conflict in our world. However, I refuse to let my ego get the best of me by ruining my day with patterns of habitual negativity.

I knew that today, no matter what, I had to find something to be thankful for. I’ve committed to this practice, and so even on the toughest of days, I give thanks.

Today, in the midst of a very frustrating moment at work, I saw some payoff  from my gratitude practice. It was like a little reminder clicked in to tell me that out of the mud, a beautiful lotus could bloom — if I asked it to, of course.

And so this is what happened:

I took a breath.

I acknowledged my anger.

I went for a walk.

I had a quick cry.

And I then I asked what I could be grateful for.

It was then that I saw the support of my friends, my team, my boss. I saw the opportunity for me to practice patience and listening and communication. I saw how I would do things differently in the future. And I saw an opportunity to grow as both a manager and a human being.

So today I am grateful for the benefits of this practice and to be developing a reflex for gratitude. Gratitude always shows me that I am the one in control of my well-being. If I want to change something from negative to positive, all I need to do is accept my present state, honor it, give thanks and see the light.

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Attitude of Gratitude–Day 13–A Good Meal

Today was one of those days at work where I logged a solid 12-13 hours. Typically when I pull a long day like this, the last thing I want to do is come home and cook a meal for myself. Usually I’d be way too tired to motivate myself and end up eating a bowl of Fage greek yogurt, a spoonful of peanut butter and some granola and call it good. But because one of my colleagues is here visiting from Boston, I was motivated to whip up a meal for us so we could sit and chat over a bite to eat and a beer.

Today I am grateful for her company, her perspective and the hearty meal that brought us together around my dinner table. Sharing a meal with someone is a very personal experience, especially if it is one you’ve cooked yourselves. I appreciate the opportunity for connection that cooking a meal with someone invites. Moreover, I appreciate the blessing of a full stomach–something that should never be taken for granted.

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