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A Year of Gratitude…

Snoopy and Charlie Brown

Today I turned 53 years old. On July 16, 1992 my Dad died at the age of 53.
I have worried about dying young for many years. Fortunately, I took several healthy steps back in my early 40’s in an effort to beat the odds. Unfortunately, as this 53rd birthday has approached I’ve found myself worrying more about following in my father’s footsteps.

A few days ago I had an epiphany! I’ve always considered myself an optimistic person…Why am I seeing nothing but the negative in this situation?

Four years ago I committed to 365 days of thankfulness. That lead to my Facebook page, 365 Days and Counting and a year later my blog, Conversations Around the Tree.

I enjoyed that year of thankfulness and found myself much more focused on my actions and more observant of those around me. For this reason I’ve decided to seek the positive and resume a year of gratitude.

I hope you will join me on this journey of optimism and while I am searching for a nugget of gratitude each day maybe you too will search for something positive to be thankful for.

I have decided to share each post on 365 Days and Counting and Conversations Around the Tree. Some of my friends never made the transition from 365 to Conversations and I’ve met many new and awesome people at Conversations…..so I will post in both places and hope by doing this more people will find a reason to seek gratitude.


“Interrupt Anxiety
with Gratitude.”
Life by Guilia

Everybody is Somebody’s Rockstar!

OK….this may sound a little Pollyanna (ish) but I believe it is true….Everybody is Somebody’s Rockstar!

First of all, everyone has a mom. Now, that mom maybe the most critical person in the world when she is face to face with her child, but let one other mother claim her child is better and the mother of a rockstar comes out to defend her absolutely flawless child!

Little children tend to think older kids are Rockstars. I remember a girl that came into my 4th grade class to read us books. I thought she was the coolest and prettiest rockstar I had ever seen. As I got a little older I realized she was probably a high school kid that had no idea the little kids she read to thought she was a mature adult. 

Do you own a dog? Oh yeah, a dog that stares out the window all day waiting for you to arrive home. Not only do you feed the dog, pet the dog, play with the dog and pick up the dog’s poop, you let the dog have most of the bed….oh yes, your dog thinks you are a rockstar!! Who else in your life stares at you endlessly? Who else licks your hand when you have done nothing more than change the television station? Who wags their tail and rolls over on their back for a belly rub as soon as you enter the house? Yep…the dog thinks you are a rockstar!

If you have a cat…I would suggest you look outside your home for your admirers….because that cat thinks s/he is the rockstar!!

Children tend to think their parents are rockstars….at least until they are teenagers then they think their parents are playing in an “Oldies” rock group!

I have admired a lot of people in my lifetime. Usually they are not famous, rich or overly talented. Typically the people I have admired are the people that speak up for those that cannot speak. Sometimes the people I have admired are the people that have fought the tough fight against cancer….some have won and some have not, but I admire the courage of them all.
Those that help children, whether it be as a teacher, coach, law enforcement officer, social worker, or as a mentor….are always worthy of admiration. People that work tirelessly to help injured or abandon dogs are truly rockstars in my book….

The next time you see someone doing the right thing or fighting the good fight, step up and tell them you think they are awesome. If you really want to freak them out….Tell them they are a rockstar!!