“It’s the one day that is given to you. It is a gift. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.”

Via on Sep 28, 2012


Source: domesticexecutiveonline.com via Mary Nell on Pinterest


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

~ Maya Angelou

Complaining is like a virus. I’m all for being honest about the present moment—and sometimes the present moment isn’t pretty—but when we keeping passing along gripes and complaints about every little thing it becomes insidious.

I was doing some Facebooking earlier and got a little fed-up/sad at all the complaints I saw. The government sucks. The weather sucks. My family sucks. Blah Blah Blah. So I took a few minutes to write up what I was feeling thankful for to share that instead.


We get to decide what we pass along. When we pass along joy, gratitude and delight at the simple things in life, we are being of benefit. It might not clean up the oceans, it might not end the wars, but guess what? It’s a start.

Before you start your weekend, take a minute and thank someone, give thanks for something—even for something as simple as the rain.

Gratitude is contagious too:


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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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12 Responses to ““It’s the one day that is given to you. It is a gift. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.””

  1. I give thanks to… Kate! You're always an inspiration. P.S. Thanks for linking back to my oceans post :)

  2. @stylistad says:

    I really love this kate! I often find myself having the same experience with fb. Being grateful has been my theme of the week. Thank you for this :)

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  8. Ahhh…Kate….this is magical medicine <3 I am grateful for YOU!

  9. Basil says:

    I am really thankful to you Kate!

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