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Gratitude Personal Growth Resilience

Why finding a dead body was the best thing to happen to me in years

September 10, 2016
Dandelion in meadow, in spring - dandelion seeds

Content warning: death; semi-detailed description of a dead body in third paragraph. Disclaimer: I post this at Lynne’s encouragement. On July 31, 2016, I found my 79-year-old mother-in-law, dead on her bathroom floor, half naked. We received a call from Jean’s friend that Jean was unreachable for days, which was unusual. Lynne asked me to check if she was okay. They were estranged for good reasons, so whether she was dead or alive, Lynne wasn’t prepared to see her. I knew I had…

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Gratitude Perseverance Personal Growth Resilience

Gratitude: lighting the pathway through difficulty by the glint of silver linings

September 5, 2016
hiker sitting in forest taking a rest feeling grateful

I got on the gratitude bandwagon when I was 17, with Sarah Ban Breathnach. After an appearance on Oprah, her book Simple Abundance was a massive best seller, with its own cultural moment. Every day, I wrote out five things for which I was grateful. It was fun and pleasant at first. I enjoyed filling the pages dutifully with my best penmanship, only using the same black Uniball rollerball micro pen every time. But eventually, the arbitrary requirement to do it…

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