Grateful for Gratefulness in Difficult Times

April 16, 2015 6:18 PM

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I have to admit it: there are times in my role as Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living that I feel like an impostor. Some days my commitment to living gratefully seems like lunacy to me. I can feel so overwhelmed by the injustices and suffering that so many people in this world are facing that I question how it makes sense to focus on things to appreciate. I can feel guilty for my comforts. How could anyone read the news headlines of this past week, month, or year, and feel grateful? I fall prey to doubt.

Reconciling this conundrum is a focus of mine almost every day lately. I watch the news and am overcome by images of innocent people dead at the hands of extremism, hatred, and fear. By comparison, my own "battle" with cancer seems like the easy way to almost die; I have the "privilege" of being whi...

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