Gratitude is often a subject which draws ire and disillusion from the masses , but cannot, however, be argued against. When one is brimming with gratitude, they often find less room for resentment and complacency. Often, when we find ourselves in a troublesome situation, our sense of this is lessened and we may find ourselves sitting on the “pity pot”, so to speak. It can be argued retaining a sense of gratitude keeps us hopeful and assists in maintaining an optimistic outlook on life. Things I have: cats, hot water, a bed, somewhere to live, love, etc; I could increase this list indefinitely. Life is not perfect; I do not have the ability to garner everything I want, but I have everything I NEED. My life overflows with abundance; not with “things”, but from within. As I’ve stated, I am no stranger to worldly woes and they are not able to be ignored; death, abuse, judgments, condemnation, etc. One can make peace with these odds; not allowing them to infiltrate the psyche. With a sense of gratitude for what is, rather than what is not, I find a sense of joy and serenity in life.