What if I’m Not Always Grateful? (The Anti-Thanksgiving Blog)

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No, my name is not Verruca and I get that gratitude is the gateway to happiness. But what if the recent pages of my Grateful Journal are ghostly white?

What if I’ve grown weary of being thankful for running water and flushing toilets?

Yes, I know that out of 7 billion inhabitants on planet earth, I am wealthy in comparison, with clean water freely flowing from my tap. Does it make me a bad person if I take the flow for granted and still want more?

Just Take a Walk

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A few years ago I met a man, for privacy let’s call him Dean, who lost 120 pounds in a year by doing nothing more than taking a daily walk. He didn’t diet or Zumba or lift anything heavier than a beer. He simply started walking and then made a commitment to keep going. Our encounter was three years after the weight loss and it was difficult to imagine him carrying around the equivalent of an extra person. He talked about his walks as if they were treasure hunts, describing corners of our town he found delightful, that I had never paid attention to. One of his favorite trails that followed a creek was also a favorite walk of mine but the way he described the wildflowers and blue heron we both saw along the path, made me feel as though I’d been walking blind!