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Choose Gratitude #everydaygratitude

Life has a way of lobbing curve balls at you when you don’t expect it. We’ve been dealing with a big one over the last few months and it’s sometimes hard not to get bitter about some people’s greed, their ingratitude and their meanness (I’m not at liberty to share details).

I Choose Gratitude

As always, I find it important to stay focused on all the good and abundance we do enjoy. Looking at the big picture, that’s not so difficult to do. It’s the daily nitty-gritty that is hard sometimes. Trying not to complain, grumble, assign blame are harder to do on a daily basis. Being mindful of the value of gratitude, and pausing through the day to say thanks is the best way for me to find meaning even in the most trying circumstances.

….the most important thing is to embrace the present, to love our lives today—even if there are physical and intellectual challenges—and to understand that we have the power to imbue everything that we do, every relationship we have, and every day that we live with meaning,” —James Autry, Choosing Gratitude

I’m also very clear that being appreciative of what I have, must not stop me from realizing when I’m being treated badly. Being grateful doesn’t equal being a doormat. I continue to experience and acknowledge my negative feelings and be assertive, but see it all through the lens of gratitude.

I choose gratitude today and every day.


Click here to download a printable version of this reminder.

Everyday Gratitude is a newish feature on Everyday Gyaan – a post on gratitude that will appear here every 2nd Saturday of the month. You’re welcome to share your list of gratitudes in the comments here. If you share your gratitude posts in the comments and on Twitter with the hashtag #everydaygratitude, I promise to share your posts on social media.



  1. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek March 5, 2016

    Corinne, My February 2016 gratitude list – Gift Your Children With Gratitude …..

  2. Terri Webster Schrandt Terri Webster Schrandt February 15, 2016

    Gratitude is so taken for granted. I am thankful for so many things in my life. This will be a wonderful feature for your blog, Corinne!

  3. Ankita Ankita February 14, 2016

    Very nice comment about not being a doormat. Loved your post!

  4. Rosemond Rosemond February 13, 2016

    Being grateful doesn’t equal being a doormat. I think I need to have this tatooed on my forehead! Thank you for sharing, and I’m going to share on my Divorce Facebook page. I think that it is a good reminder especially for anyone going through that loss! xoxo-Rosie

  5. Rica Rica February 13, 2016

    This is lovely. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I will say that I love life and the privilege of sharing it with amazing people– the blogging community included. Thanks for sharing a little joy and gratitude.

  6. Alana Alana February 13, 2016

    Choose gratitude…it is hard when you go through a difficult experience. All the more reason why you should, and I should – and thank you for emphasizing gratitude is not equivalent to “just swallowing the bad” or “being a doormat”. Rather, it is a process of letting go of the power the bad stuff tries to hold over you. Without that letting go, you become bitter and you rot from the inside. I wish you strength with whatever you are dealing with, Corinne.
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  7. Payal Agarwal Payal Agarwal February 13, 2016

    “Choose gratitude, unlock the fullness of life”.. That’s beautiful! A way to life. 🙂

  8. Gloryanna Gloryanna February 13, 2016

    This is good! I appreciate you mentioning how gratitude doesn’t equal a doormat. We are in control of our attitudes and choosing to be positive and grateful can do wonders for your daily living. Makes it hard sometimes to see the negative when frequently choose gratitude!

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | February 13, 2016

      Glad you appreciated that, Gloryanna. Often we think that we must swallow all manner of bad behaviour in the name of being positive!
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  9. Vasantha Vivek Vasantha Vivek February 13, 2016

    Choose Gratitude …….. Powerful mantra …….. Wishes to you, Corinne…….. <3

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