A lesson in being grateful: It has been two months since the physical assault in the alley behind my apartment.
I told myself I would not let the assault change me.
I did not want this man to be part of my story.
I did not want his actions to make me bitter.
But, the reality is how could it not change me?
How can he not be part of my story?
For a few weeks I felt annoyed only one neighbor came to help. I was frustrated by people’s commentary of what I should or should not have done. I was angry our society has gotten to the point where individuals feel as if there are no consequences to their actions.
I had to stop the slide; I had to change the narrative.
My good friend Chelsea recommended to (re)start my daily gratitude. She reminded me negative and positive emotions cannot coexist.
So I did. Maybe you have seen my stories every morning where I list three things I am grateful for. They are top of mind and usually small, like coffee or sunshine. Sometimes they are things I do not like (e.g., fog, cold, etc.) but I am grateful for.
I tend to keep it light because I feel like there is so much happening today; but, I have so much more to be grateful for.
I am grateful for:
- The one neighbor came to help me.
- Being on the wakeup list again today.
- My loving husband, family, and friends.
- A healthy body.
- A little fox.
- The ocean.
And, I am grateful that you have followed along. I hope it inspires you to focus on the positive. 💖J