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Sooooo … today is the last day of 30 Days of Gratitude.  And I couldn’t be happier.  This has been a great challenge to get me to focus on the positive and find the good in every day … but it’s also been a lot harder than I expected!  Actually, the hard part hasn’t been finding gratitude, but making myself post every day without fail (except Thanksgiving Day – I promise I was grateful offline).  It pushed me to write more often, but the quality suffered.  Hopefully I’ll post more often than I did before, but I’m happy to go back to writing longer posts every few days.  Whew!

My Mom gave me a cute little gratitude journal a while back, which lays on my bedside table – blank.  I have really enjoyed taking time to reflect on my day and think about the good things – big and small – that I might not have noticed otherwise.  I look forward to continuing this journey in my book.

Day 30: Today, I am grateful to be alive.  I am grateful for yesterday, today, and (hopefully) tomorrow.  I am grateful for the sorrow, loneliness, and disappointment I have felt because it means I have experienced equally profound joy, love, empathy, and hope.  I am grateful for the mundane because it gives us a sense of exuberance when the amazing happens.  I am grateful for the beauty that surrounds us and the condition of the human spirit that drives us to find that beauty.  I am grateful for the complexity and imperfection of life because, without challenge, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to be grateful. 

This is real, it exists, and we get to be a part of it*

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