500-WORD RANT #8

What the Hell is Wrong With You People? A Rant on Gratitude.

Always be grateful, even if you’re going to rant.

Lon Shapiro
Sep 15 · 3 min read
Universal symbol for gratitude plus a Photo by Di Maitland on Unsplash

I’m grateful today.

It’s Sunday, a day of rest and watching men collide in a pageant of slow-motion violence, color, grace, and superhuman athletic performance.

Photo by Rosie Kerr on Unsplash

Maybe one of them could have had the decency to title their article “I’m grateful that I can copy everyone else and use this free image from Unsplash instead of showing the smallest amount of originality.”

Here’s a story that was completely ignored but is more important than any of the garbage written by the SCM or me.

If you want to learn about the power of gratitude, read this.


I can’t add anything about gratitude, so I’ll list the things for which I feel gratitude today and every day:

Mom — who had the grace and courage to figure out a way not to pass on the family craziness to me.

Here’s to better writing.

THE 500-WORD RANT

A collection of bite-sized essays on any subjects. No one is safe, including me.

Lon Shapiro

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Father of two amazing men. Peak Performance coach for professional athletes. Ad agency creative director, writer & artist. Tireless research. Author of 5 books.

THE 500-WORD RANT

A collection of bite-sized essays on any subjects. No one is safe, including me.

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