I am too blessed to be stressed.
Hail, fascinating folks.
"Count your blessings." How often have you heard that advice from somebody? Every time I hear it, it gives me a twinge of guilt that I'm not being grateful enough for what I have. Well, sorry, but I can give you a whole long list of things that aren't right about my life. I can generally count more of those than I can my blessings. Moreover, if I started to count my blessings I'm bound to leave one out. And blanket gratitude such as "I'm thankful to be alive" or "I'm glad I'm an American" won't go very far unless you know why you are.
On the stage you can't play the role if your action is to be grateful. One of the basic rules of acting is "Be Specific." The actor has to know precisely why the character is grateful and exactly what the character is grateful for. Being specific is a way of identifying the single realities that go to make up the character's life and also our own lives.
While reading through the journals I follow on Thursday afternoon I came across a great one by Maria called Are You Positive?. Check it out.
In it she suggests making a short list, 5 items, of things one is specially grateful for on a single day. When I read that I began to apply it right away. It's like breaking down a very difficult job into small individual tasks, the climbing of a flight of stairs one step at a time.
Today: I am grateful:
1 that my space heater works
2 for my friend Karen down the street
3 for the Wagner opera that filled my afternoon
4 that Ken and Beth are back from Las Vegas
5 for Maria's journal
May you have a cheerful day.
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