The 2013 diet

10 Aug

My journey through 2013 continues.  So do the twists and turns.  Doors have closed, and I am searching for that open window.  I have been overjoyed, disappointed, forgiven, loved, challenged, silenced, respected, and confused.  My experiences this year have run the full gamut and have spanned the spectrum from unconditional love to crushing setbacks, but it is producing an amazing recipe in the process.

My attitude continues to be one of gratitude.  For in gratitude is wellness.  Happiness.  Change.  The diet I am creating this year is the gratitude diet.  I am focusing on positive intake.   Start with yummy compliments.  Fill your mouth with positive words.  Add delicious accomplishments.  Throw in abundant affirmations added in heavy doses.  And handfuls of love.  So I must say thank you to folks in helping me develop my recipe.

The Gratitude Diet Recipe.

Thank you to those who told me I couldn’t. From you I learned that I can.

Thank you to those who gossiped. From you I learned how to hold my friends dear, and how important it is to keep my mouth shut.

Thank you to those with no faith.  From you I learned that God is central in my life, and that my faith runs deep.

Thank you to those who tried to intimidate me.  From you I learned how to stand up for myself.

Thank you to those who turned a deaf ear to me.  From you I learned how to not merely hear, but to listen.

Thank you to those who told me that I am weak.  From you I learned inner strength and confidence. For you allowed me to dig down to discover that I am stronger than I ever imagined.

Thank you to those that told me I was ugly. From you I found my inner beauty.

Thank you to those that put up barriers in my life.  From you, I learned how to tear down walls and fight for what I want.

Thank you to those who told me that I am not a good mother.  From you I learned that my commitment to motherhood is beautifully imperfect, and perfectly loving.

Thank you to those that put me second (or more accurately third, fourth or fifth) . From you I learn to put myself first.

Thank you to those who are loud and demand attention. From you I learned to be quiet.

Thank you to those who created drama in my life. From you I am learning to truly appreciate peace.

Thank you to those who have that overpowering sense of entitlement. From you I am learning to appreciate everything, big and small.

Thank you to those who told me to quit. From you I am learning perseverance.

Thank you to those who brag. From you I learn humility.

Thank you to those not recognizing my accomplishments.  From you I learned that they are not yours to diminish, but mine to propel me.

Thank you to those that lied to me. From you I am learning the importance of the truth.

Thank you to those who are false and phony. From you I am learning the importance of being truthful and genuine.

Thank you to those who stole from me-such as time, money, energy.  From you I learned to live more with less.

Thank you to the people who showed me kindness not because I am needy but because you are good.

Thank you to those who extended generosity, for you have enabled me to give more openly to others.

Thank you for those of you that protected me not because I am weak but because you are loyal.

Thank you to those that shared their strength with me during times when I wavered. For you give me the power to be a pillar of strength to someone else.   After all, it is in giving that we receive.

Thank you to those who helped me-help extended in silence out of love.  From you I learned to quietly lend a hand to others.

I try to appreciate everyone that comes into my life…the good, the bad and the ugly. Not only do I have something to learn from them, maybe they have something to learn from me.  So for this recipe, I say thank you.

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One Response to “The 2013 diet”

  1. Shirley Klingele August 11, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    From this what have I learned, what an awesome person my daughter is and how utterly proud I am of her and her learning ability, deep faith, awesome understanding beyond words, her depth, the love that shines from within her soul. I love you dear daughter, I love beyond the sea, the sky, and the world, You are heaven to me. God Bless, and keep learning, it is an awesome walk. from your mother…

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