Monday, December 13, 2021

All's Grateful On The Western Front

 December 13, 2021

   Went for a nice walk up to Morning Star and back yesterday morning. When I got back to the Triple B Ranch I took this shot of the True West Employee of The Month. That would be Mr. Unocito. He's pretty happy about it. But then he's almost always happy when he's sitting on his backside. Come to think of it, so am I.

The True West Employee of the Month

   One of the past winners of this prestigious award is someone I often used as a model for my drawings when she was growing up.

Teen Angst Model Extraordinaire 
Deena C. Bell

   This is the same daughter who recently gifted me the "The 6-Minute Diary." I was skeptical when it arrived in the mail (seemed a tad precious), but since I gave it a chance I have to say I've let go of a ton of negativity. I highly recommend it for anyone who sometimes feels crippled by negative thoughts, like I do. Basically, the theory goes like this: we are wired to be negative and it's a survival deal and goes all the way back to the Plains of Serengeti. "Don't eat that mushroom ever again you flippin' idiot!' "Quit trying to jump that chasm! Don't be a fool! You'll break your neck!" But these days, those negative comments, which helped us survive, can swamp us and make us lose sight of the things we are grateful for.

"Your brain has a negative bias, which makes it like Velcro for the bad and Teflon for the good."

—Rick Hanson

 Essentially the "Diary" takes three minutes in the morning (list three things you are grateful for) and three things at night (What are you thankful for that happened today?). It is nothing more than life changing. Here's a sample:

All's Grateful On The Western Front

"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret is found in your daily routine."

—John C. Maxwell, as quoted on the first page of the 14th edition of "The 6-Minute Diary"

Daily Whip Out: "Free Is Coming!"

   And here's the best quote in the whole shebang:

"It is not the happy people who are grateful. It is the grateful people who are happy."

—Old Vaquero Saying

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