Roses have thorn but we are grateful that thorns have roses. Focusing on gratitude changes how we see the world. Gratitude is the antidote to negative emotions, and a reminder not to take things for granted.
When new symptoms arrive, fatigue or rapid heartbeat, I may research it online. It feels empowering. Could it be COVID-19? Taking the time to learn about my health, or lack of, is a good thing. But not all sources are equal, and the internet is more of a popularity than a quality contest.
We need to stop destroying our planet and resources to meet short-term wants. News anchors, influencers, and celebrities can set an example by wearing the same clothes repeatedly. A small wardrobe is a sign of self-control and resolve that future generations have birdsongs to enjoy and forests to hike.
Raising six kids, it was inevitable that I would come face-to-face with a generational trend I couldn't accept. Looking at my adorable sleeping toddlers, it was hard to think that one day some social movements would put us on opposite sides. But it happened.
I've started listening more carefully to myself. I'm not impressed. "The food is superb." Really? If Paula's two favorite foods are steak and fried chicken, she'll be disappointed.