What if We Stopped Trying So Hard To Apply Gratitude To Soften the Hard Things

It’s okay to admit that life sucks sometimes

Michelle Marie Warner
Age of Empathy

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Photo of two yellow smiley faced emoji stuffies, sitting on a wooden bench outside. The one on the left has an open-mouthed smile and says “HAPPY…” on the front, and the other says, “KEEP ON SMILING!”
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I write a gratitude list every morning and sing its praises often. I’ve let my gratitude become a part of my identity. It’s what I do. Therefore, it’s what I am.

Ever since my early AA sponsor introduced me to writing gratitude lists twenty years ago, I’ve been the Gratitude Queen. I named myself The Grateful Writer on social media and started a publication called Gratefully Yours.

I rarely skip a day, even when I’m feeling crappy. It does work, I can attest to that. It works in the sense that I feel better after I flip the switch and see what’s going well for me. It motivates me to take positive action. My attitude of gratitude can be a springboard for improving my circumstances.

I believe we can shift our energy enough to open doors and clear paths, as long as we pair our gratitude with action. We need to walk through that door and step onto the path. Otherwise, it’s all words with nowhere to land.

Gratitude helped me stay sober one day at a time for two decades. I know that’s something miraculous, so I’m glad I found it when I did.

Lately, though, I realized how quickly I can cross the line between optimism

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Michelle Marie Warner
Age of Empathy

Writer of all things personal, socially conscious, sensitive, single LGBTQIA+ mom. Ready to bite off more than I've been chewing. michellewarner718@gmail.com