30 Days to a Better Man Day 5: Cultivate Your Gratitude

Today’s 30 Days to a Better Man task revolves around having gratitude:
The ungrateful man is callous; he’s come to think that all the good things that happen to him and all the service rendered him are an automatic response to his impeachable awesomeness. He deserves all that stuff and more…. The grateful man is a humble man. He has no illusions of his grandeur. He knows that bad things happen to good people. He knows how easily a rally can turn into a slump. He knows how much worse off many others are than he is. He understands the sacrifices others make on his behalf. And he deeply, deeply appreciates them. (art of manliness)
This is a vast improvement over yesterdays. I like it - since, ya know, gratitude is applicable to everyone. Today’s task is two-fold: (1) make a list of 10 things that you’re grateful for and (2) give 3 thank you’s to 3 different people today. Done and done.So here goes:
  1. I’m thankful for everyone who has taken it upon themselves to donate to my surgery and who helped with my fundraiser. Mostly thankful for the motivation behind it all that have me feeling super understood and supported.
  2. Which, speaking of… - I’m thankful for all of the support I’ve received throughout my transitional journey!
  3. I’m thankful for having loved ones in my life who make me laugh every.single.day.
  4. I’m thankful for the cuddles I receive from my furry companion animal chums (Evilbunny, Gany, and Theseus). Evil has been my best bud since I was 12!
  5. I’m thankful for all of the activism in Salt Lake City. Lots of compassionate peeps around here!
  6. I’m thankful for how happy I feel bicycling and getting coffee with my dad every morning.
  7. I’m thankful for humility, sarcasm, and horror movies.
  8. I’m thankful for having the opportunity to go to school.
  9. I’m thankful for being able to look up whatever the frak I want on the Interwebs whenever I wanna. When I was a wee bop tranny, even though I felt incredibly isolated in my experience - the interwebs let me know that I wasn’t.
  10. I’m thankful for my mom popping my bacne every day when I get home from bicycling and applying medicine after I shower.
And now, I will make thank yous and send them. I do this anyway so it might be redundant, but… doesn’t hurt to throw some more out there.

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