“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


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“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. Her love of words is boundless, but she knows that many of life’s best moments are completely untranslatable. When she is not writing, you may find her practicing yoga, devouring a book, playing with her children, planting dandelions, or dancing barefoot with her heart on her sleeve. She is madly in love with life and does not know how this story ends; she’s making it up as she goes. Kate is the owner and editor-in-chief of Be You Media Group. She also writes for The Huffington Post, elephant journal, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, Yoganonymous, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. She facilitates writing workshops and retreats throughout North America. Heart Medicine, Kate's book on writing, is now available on Amazon.com You can follow Kate on Facebook and Twitter


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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