by Lisbeth Darsh
In tough times, my buddy Pete says, “Make a list.”
The first time he said this, I was all “Yeah! Let’s make an ass-kicking list!”
Pete looked at me over the top of his glasses and his tattoos, like I was a young student who had totally missed the point of an hour-long lesson.
“A Gratitude List,” he said slowly and deliberately. “A list of people and things you are grateful for right now. Do it. Don’t wait. Do it today.”
I grumbled a bit. I was used to seeing people with their daily gratitude lists on Facebook and other places. Some of those litanies struck me as boasting, and I wasn’t much interested in doing that in a public space.
“It’s not bragging. You don’t have to post it anywhere,” said Pete. “Just make the list.”
So I did. I took a pen and wrote in my notebook: 10 people and things I’m grateful for. And here’s the funny thing: in a dark time, it worked just like sunlight. My entire mood changed. My troubles got smaller, and like old Mr. Grinch, I felt my heart grow bigger.
I never showed that list to anyone,………read more