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Thankful Thursdays: Are you happy?

Originally appeared on February 20, 2013

Monday I had a rotten day. I was sick with a head cold, sorting through personal finances, everything I scheduled for the day turned out differently than planned, I worked really hard and felt like I got nothing accomplished. We all have days like that – where nothing seems to go right except what’s supposed to be left.

As I begin the third week in my year of gratitude, I see a pattern with myself: the days that I am more prepared for the day and begin in gratitude turn out better. Yesterday, I wanted to be ready for today: the week was slipping out of my hands and I needed to do something about it quickly. I woke up this morning at 2:49 a.m. and, with the exception of an hour nap, I have been up and productive. Still, I needed to find time to slow my day down a bit. So,  I stopped to see my grandma this afternoon. Sure enough, her slow speech and rich stories calmed me down immediately. We looked at a couple pictures of my recent trip and watched birds outside of her window, with her words hydrating my thoughts. After just 45 minutes, I left her home feeling at peace.

When I got home, I saw this picture (below) on Twitter of some African kids enjoying something we waste by the buckets here in the United States. I am grateful they have some water and grateful I have some, too. Today is a success. I am happy.

Photo taken at a @charitywater well in Kanombe Sector, Rwanda: these kids are so happy to have clean water! twitter.com/charitywater/s…

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Leslie discovered the power of the pen in the third grade after her family moved to a new school district. Writing became a way to sort out her new surroundings and escape to fantasy landscapes. That child, and voice, has matured into a poet, writer, blogger, journalist, online content creator and editor. Leslie is a social entrepreneur with a demonstrated commitment to community. She is an active community member in Washtenaw County (Michigan) with expertise in social media marketing and content management systems, volunteer coordination and writing and 19 years of experience in the areas of online community management, training, leadership development, and social networking. She is interested in facilitating connection with both community residents and businesses. Through this work, the economy of the community is improved and the organizations are financially successful. Her main mode of advocacy and online community, however, is through writing.

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