One of my all time favorite songs in Diamond in the Back by Curtis Mayfield. It’s a smooth, soultry song that came out in the 70’s. In the lyrics, he says “Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac. Gangsta white walls, TV antennas in the back. You may not have a car at all. But remember brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall. Just be thankful for what you’ve got. Though you may not drive a great big Cadillac, Diamond in the back, sunroof top. Diggin’ the scene with a gangsta lean”.
Lately, I’ve been keeping a gratitude journal. Every day, I write down the things I’m grateful for or the good things that happened. I received this idea from a book that I’m reading: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, by Amy Morin (please grab a copy, super life-changing). If you’re an emotional person like me, you can just feel overwhelmed by the end of the day, internalizing not only yours, but other people’s issues, feeling like what is life. “Why don’t we just have a utopia”. Then I look at my gratitude journal and I’m in awe; wow, life is not bad after all. In fact, life is pretty good. When we choose to focus on the negative, life will be dark; if we choose to focus on the real, life will be life and we can accept the good with the bad.
We can all have our diamond in the back, with the sunroof top. There is a lot that goes into this, but I encourage you to start simple by just maintaining a gratitude journal, listing all the things you’re thankful for on a daily basis. You’ll be grateful you did.
Nothing but love,