Gratitude as a political force
As anyone who has read this space knows, the past few days have been hard for me. There have been many when I've just felt like giving up.
Then this morning, on the way in to work, I had my BFF Marcela on the phone. (Don't worry, citizens, I have Bluetooth in my car.) We have been there for each other since junior year of high school. We've seen each other at the best and worst. And she told me what I needed to hear: This too shall pass.
It is at that point that I started thinking of gratitude. Gratitude not as an abstract notion, but as a real, physical force.
As humans, we spend so much time dwelling on what's wrong and what could have been. I've been doing that for over a week. At some point, unless we want to go mad, we have to stop and reverse that thinking. We have to ask ourselves: What's right with our lives? What am I grateful for?
I'm grateful that I have friends like Marcela. I'm grateful that I have a loving, caring wife. I'm grateful that I have a family which loves me and is there for me. I'm grateful that I'm doing work which impacts people. I'm grateful that I have a venue such as this blog to share my thoughts and communicate with like-minded souls.
Gratitude is a political force, as it gives you the energy to confront that which is going wrong. Focusing only on the negative is a guarantee of a death spiral. If you're not angry, you're not paying attention; however, if all that you are is angry, you'll be of no use to anyone, much less yourself.
As we engage in this long twilight struggle, remembering just what we're fighting for is essential. We're fighting to preserve and protect that for which we are grateful. Those are the touchstones with which we have to keep in contact. It gives the fight its motive force.
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