Practical Gratitude

Life is hard. Sometimes circumstances get you into a rut. Earlier this year I was running on fumes, coming off of several failed deals and tough personal circumstances. In my sleep-deprived daze, as an attempt to get out of a funk, I pulled out a notebook and just started listing things I felt grateful for.

“Things i’m grateful for:

-in Moscow seeing the world (lots of fascinating travel) #

-healthy body despite what I put it through with all this travel #

-more principled and consistent than i’ve ever been (even though i still stumble into the occasional trap of self-loathing) #

-my family loves me and I love my family #

-great friends whom I can call and who call me when things are wonderful and/or terrible #

-can read and have read lots of great books that have helped me put my life in perspective #

-meaningful impact on many lives through my organization’s work #

-less afraid of dying than I’ve ever been - minimal existential misalignment” #

After making the list, I felt a lot better. I could breathe again and smile more easily. In fact, I’ve done the same thing a few times since and it’s been helpful each time.

 
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