Ordinary Thanks

In March 2012, I had a personal crisis. I couldn’t figure out why I kept falling into regular cycles of personal power and deep unhappiness.

A friend of mine suggested I keep a “Gratitude Log.” I did that for two weeks and it was difficult, hard, challenging. I found myself listing off things I KNEW is should be grateful for, but just would not write it if I wasn’t feeling it.

Why did I feel that way?

Then my friend ¬†introduced me to the research of Dr. Brene’ Brown, a Texas researcher and speaker who has studied connections, courage and shame. She’s the author of the “The Gifts of Imperfection,” but if you are new to her, I recommend you start by watching her TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability.” She’s brilliant and easy to hear, and I thank her, and my friend Chris, for helping me feel ready to say the ordinary, everyday, beautiful words:

Thank you.

I introduce a new page on my site called “Ordinary Thanks” my online Gratitude Log.

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