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Grateful I May Alter My Attitude

I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.

Henry David Thoreau

As I continue to watch the horror on TV of women and children caught up in a war, my heart is breaking and I offer prayers, but the tears flow as I watch and watch and watch…

Today I decided to listen to a video duet of Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife, Olena posted by a friend following Liz Dhein Fiore. I do not know if they are really singing the song “Endless Love” but it looks and sounds real and that happy time depicted made me feel happy for a moment. I also began to watch the 2015 TV series on Netflix in which Zelenskyy played a high school history teacher who became president. Who would have predicted that seven years later parts of that series would become true?

I do not ever remember a time when I have watched so many people around the world be so helpful to others. I feel such pride in the humanity I see against the ugly actions captured by film crews daily. The human drama we are watching makes one nearly look away…

To alter my attitude after a brief glimpse at the TV screen I searched for some favorite songs and started a playlist to create the feelings of flowers all around me in contrast to the thorns on TV. Of course I love the duet described above, and also I love Eres Tu by Mocedades, Jose Maria Napoleon (Official music video, July 31, 2020), and I love the song from the movie Coco: Remember Me on Netflix on August 1, 2019. I wish I could include such here for all of you to enjoy as well. Perhaps I will learn to link these songs with permission some day.

In the meantime, I want you to know that you may also alter your attitudes through “gratitude” for whatever makes you feel joyful, hopeful, or helpful in your life.

I invite you to share your gratitude with others as we suffer through this terrible period in our collective histories. Blessings to all.

With gratitude, Mary


Glorious Gratitude

Today was a splendid day. My father, a Baptist Minister, always held an Easter Sunrise Service and this sunrise reminded me of those mornings with my dad. On this blessed day, Joy was in the air. Many friends and family sent beautiful text messages, colorful images, and kind wishes to each other.

People seemed extra friendly to one another in restaurants, when shopping, at dog parks, when driving, in airports, in coffee houses, bagel shops, and even during conversations with strangers. All in all it was just a glorious day for which I am deeply grateful, and for which I feel thanks to see hope coming alive as we put the pandemic behind us. We are not out of the woods yet, but the spirit of positivity in the air is notable and uplifting, a soulful feeling for which I feel deep gratitude.

Today “gratitude” is my attitude. How ’bout you?

This is #gratitudelite.