Category Archives: Lessons learned the hard way

The Way You Think About Yourself

“You can’t hate your way into loving yourself” is a line I came across recently. It stopped me in my tracks because I tried that.. a lot. Boy, did I! My self-loathing was long, pervasive and strong. Too much about … Continue reading

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You Have to….

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on … Continue reading

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Simple Wisdom

Sometimes the easiest to understand grains of wisdom are the best. I am glad and grateful to read this as I start my new week! May you live every day of your life. Jonathan Swift

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May Wounds Become Wisdom

Through yesterday, goodmorninggratitude.com contains one thousand and three individual posts in Eighty-four categories; some inspired, others filling space and lots in between. One hundred eighty-six thousand thirty-six unique individuals have visited since late April of 2011. I thought I was … Continue reading

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Out of Your Mind

In order to have a successful relationship you need to put out of your mind any lessons learned from previous relationships because if you carry a sensitivity or fear with you, you won’t be acting freely and you won’t let … Continue reading

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What Is Gratitude?

Gratitude: …a feeling of thankful appreciation for favors or benefits received; thankfulness. From Midieval Latin gratitudo from Classical Latin gratus, pleasing: grace. Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which … Continue reading

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The Only Life You Could Save

One of the type phrases I have worked diligently to eliminate are statements like “she made me angry…”, “he made me feel bad…”, “they caused me to feel self-conscious.” and any other assertion that pushed the majority of my mood … Continue reading

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They Learn

I forgive the ones who during childhood showed the wrong ways I should live.  I am deeply grateful to the people who later showed compassion and love to a boy in a man’s body. I have a good life because … Continue reading

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My History of Anger

Every destructive emotion bears its own harvest, but anger’s fruit is the most bitter of all. Uncontrolled anger is a devastating sin, and no one is exempt from its havoc. It shatters friendships and destroys marriages; it causes abuse in … Continue reading

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From Then Till Now

It’s not uncommon to have gone through something filled with difficulty and pain, only to end up grateful for what it taught. And so it has been with me the last half-dozen years or so. I went from who I … Continue reading

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