This is only my second mobile post so forgive the brevity. I have a point I want to make though!
A sorority sister, who I haven’t spoken to in 10-ish years, messaged me on Facebook last night and it just floored me.
“Hey Jessie! I know we haven’t talked in a while but i like to keep up with my old friends any way I can! I always see your posts about personal empowerment and empowering others! I just want you to know how much I’ve admired that about you since we met so long ago! I know (again from your posts) you’ve had some tough times–I think we’ve all been through the ringer in many ways–but I just adore your positive attitude! You’ve always been a role-model to me in that way! Keep kickin ass girl! Miss you, friend!
P.s. Love the Harry Potter post!”
First, I still love Harry Potter as much as I did in high school.
Second, those “tough times” are WHY I choose gratitude nearly every day (no one is perfect and I definitely let negativity get the best of me sometimes). Knowing the depths of depression and not wanting to be ALIVE gives you a lot of perspective when you recover (it’s still a process and a fight to maintain that recovery). My dad’s death 5 years ago put a lot of shit into perspective too – in the least enjoyable way.
My point is, try to ACTIVELY CHOOSE GRATITUDE. Every day. It’s tough, I know. Trust me though, it can become a habit (brain rewiring – science!) and it is one of the best things you can do for your health.