As I mentioned to you a while back, recently I was in a slump, over the embezzlement I went through, some personal disappointments I didn’t expect (who ever expects those?), my late son’s birthday which came and went, but is always a hard day, and I guess I was feeling sorry for myself, which happens to all of us—–and a wise friend caught me up short. She reminded me of the literally millions of people my son helped, through the book about his life (and his battle with bi-polar disorder), the thousands we have helped through the foundation we established in his name, to help the mentally ill. She reminded me of the blessing in the embezzlement, that it was stopped, it could have gone on forever and bled me dry. One by one, she went down the list of my woes, and reminded me of how much I have to be grateful for!!! And even in the small disappointments I had, I was probably spared much worse disappointments later. Without question, gratitude is the antidote to sadness for me every time. When you stop to think how much you have to be grateful for, it’s really hard to be sad about the rest. I realize that again and again. No matter how dismal a situation seems, or how disappointing, or how many problems we have, if you can find something to be grateful for, anything, a call from a friend, a moment that feels better than the rest, a good deed you can do for someone that makes you feel good and blesses them, a blessing you had forgotten, anything…..you realize then that life isn’t so bad, and you can be grateful. No matter what is happening in my life, gratitude always helps me feel better. I thought I’d share that with you again. And eventually that gratitude turns things around, and things start looking up. I was grateful for the reminder from my friend, and I thought I’d remind you of it as well. Instead of focusing on the losses and disappointments, if we can connect with gratitude, even for a minute, life looks better again!!! Pass it on….. Love, Danielle
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