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Counting Your Blessings, Backwards

jmonaco Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 11:26 AM
KT -- Nice to see you can maintain a sunny disposition despite the dismal condition of the Republic. I am envious. Speaking of envy ... the politics of envy continue to take a toll on civil discourse. I admit resentment toward those who have enriched themselves at the expense of others through illegal, fraudulent, or unethical means. Believing all the wealthy have achieved their wealth through such methods is foolish. Those indulging in such a broad indictment can clearly be easily manipulated.

Ten, nine, eight… what do you appreciate? When life seems crazy or hopeless, count your blessings backwards—that is, find something to be thankful for in the midst of darkness. It is reverse psychology for adults.

Think of the most onerous regulation or politician in your life and find one reason you are thankful for this trial. For example, President Obama’s reelection could be an opportunity for you to develop a stronger character or feel greater motivation to achieve your goals. This is an uplifting mental exercise, particularly during Thanksgiving week. Here are a few more examples:

Challenge: Weak military leaders