The Year of Gratitude


The Glamorous Life: The Year of Gratitude

by Lee Ann “Sunny” Brown

Well, it looks like we made it! The fact that you are reading this indicates that we did, in fact, survive the Mayan Apocalypse of 12-21-12, or you did, anyway. Hopefully, I did, too. I actually have a feeling that getting through that particular day was much easier than making it through the holiday rush. And for both of these things, I am deeply grateful.

Since we have been given another chance at life, another year (again, assuming that we are still here—I am writing this back in late 2012), I have decided to declare that 2013 is the Year of Gratitude. Last New Year’s, I resolved that I would no longer make New Year’s Resolutions, so I am making Declarations instead. And, surviving the Mayan’s prediction of  “Doom & Gloom” has given me just one more reason to be even more grateful than I already am for all of the many blessings I have in my life.

As I sit writing this, I am really hoping that the Mayans are wrong, because I have so many things that I still want to try, to see, to do, to accomplish, to eat, and to buy. I mean, I have already seen the Tory Burch Spring 2013 preview—it’s just not fair, thinking that the Mayan’s might take it all away from me —especially since I never even heard of them before 2012 when I went to go buy a 2013 Mayan Calendar for a birthday gift. No, I am not ready to go, yet! After re-reading that last bit, I am so embarrassed, look how many times I used the word “I.” It’s not all about me! (Well, that’s what my family keeps telling me, but, who listens to them?)

Anyway, I do declare that in 2013 I will think more thoughts of others. This year, Mayans willing, not only will I think more thoughts of others, I will also think them more often, and, not expect anything in return.

Oh, I am so excited about all the ways I can think of others every day. Let’s see, I can think about letting the person pull out of the side street in front of me when we are sitting in traffic, even though I have been there waiting forever, and they just pulled up. I won’t get irritated when they don’t even give me a gesture of thanks! No acknowledgement of my generosity, whatsoever. Doesn’t bother me.

And, I could think about letting that person with only a couple of items go ahead of me in line at the grocery store, even though I am running late and only have a few more items than her. And, again, I will not feel resentful that she was on her cell phone the whole time and never gave me a hint of thanks for my thinking of her. Or, I could think about what a bad day the person could be having who told me they did have the cookies I wanted.  I drove all the way over to that bakery to buy them and was told that, in fact, they do not have any of those cookies, and that the person I talked to must not have checked before they told me so. Thinking about what a bad day they must be having will make me feel so much better. But, again, it’s not about me. I am just thinking of them.

I can think all sorts of thoughts about these seemingly endless types of people that seem to stalk me every day. And, believe me, I do. Thank goodness it’s the thought that counts! And I am very grateful for that.

Yes, I am eternally grateful to have survived 12-21-12, and been given another chance to try and become a better person.

So, I declare that 2013 is, indeed, the Year of Gratitude. Another year for being grateful for another chance, for another day for us to think, not just of ourselves, but of others. Not for thinking of all the indifferent, rude and petty grievances that we must endure from our fellow citizens, but for thinking of all the ways to give back to them, too, exactly what we think they deserve. Cheers to a very good year—because, thinking of others makes me feel so good about myself!

Thinking of you and wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!

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