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Gratitude Journal — Day 5

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There is an amazing highway sign visible on one of the more rundown streets of Tulsa that says “What if it turned out better than you thought?”

Each time I pass by it, I get a sense of gratitude. It is a reminder to me that although my life has been anything but perfect, it really has turned out better than I thought it would. The sign gives me one of those gap moments that I am ever so grateful for and even humbles me a bit.

I feel humbled because I am reminded that I am not extraordinary. My life doesn’t have to be filled with drama or the constant beating drum of importance. If I just let go and let God, or the Divine or the Universe take care of things, all will turn out as it should. Maybe not as I would want it to, but as it should be.

It is a reminder not to live in a world of regrets, but to be thankful for everything that has occurred in my life up to this point because, without all of those occurrences, I would not be the person I am today.

It is also a reminder that wisdom can come from anywhere if you just pay attention.

©2021 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

This is in response to the November Monthly Theme prompt — Keep a 30-day Gratitude journal. I am aiming to commit to this. Wish me luck!

This is also in response to the Weekend Challenge #6

Lori Carlson writes Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Creative Non-Fiction, and Personal Essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, Nature, Loss, Death, and the LGBTQ+ community. She is the Owner/Editor of Promptly Written and Not For Bedtime Stories. Check out her personal Medium blog here.



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