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#Gratitude is a Teacher for Us to Moderate #Desire (Audio)

This is the audio version of my posting on April 30, 2021 titled “Gratitude is a Teacher to Moderate Desire”. Some of my followers have requested audio versions rather than to read the text. Since this is a longer and more complex subject than I sometimes post, I request that for any of you who wish to take notes, please refer to the text posting as linked above. All of the audio content is provided within the above link.

In general, this posting explores the relationship between desire and gratitude with reference to the book “Psychology of Desire” (2015) edited by Hofmann, W., & Nordgren, L. F. (Eds.). (2015). The psychology of desire. The Guilford Press. Content within this book is described in detail in the posting linked in the above paragraph.

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Gratitude Is A Teacher To Moderate Desire

On February 1, 2021, when I pledged to remain in a “State of Gratitude” I did not expect it to be so difficult. I entered this journey intellectually, enjoying all the new reading, and appreciating all the little acts that create happiness and joy in life. Today, eighty-eight (88) postings later, I admit the emotional part of the journey to gratitude is not always easy.

Since I promised to motivate my followers, I observe people on a daily basis to learn what makes people “grateful”. Fortunately, or unfortunately, my informal observations reveal that many people tend to focus on what they do NOT have rather than being grateful for what they DO have. I, too, at times, find myself guilty of this attitude as I will explain below.

As many of you may or may not know, I decided to buy a camper so that I might see the National Parks and visit Waterfalls around the USA. I looked and looked, and planned and finally found a motor home that was my dream! It was brand new. I had to wait an extra five months for it to be delivered during the pandemic, and then when I did receive it, I waited another five months for it to be under repair for warranty services, fixing various unsafe parts and completing manufacturer recalls etc. It turned out to be a lemon and last week I sadly got rid of it. So, for more than one year, I happily had focused on camping adventures, camping furniture, places to go, and my planned dream places. I admit I was extremely involved in the adventure I had dreamed about and, to date, never had experienced. I read all about camping, joined various groups, and was full of anticipation.

But…in reality, before my dream even started, it ended. My dream was over after more than a year of expectations!

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