1. Demonstrate don’t demand

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    I wish people would stop telling me to be grateful. I wish they would all just cut it the hell out. Sorry, darlings, but I find it offensive and a bit naif at best.

    I am grateful for many things. But I don’t need or want someone else to demand I feel grateful, forgiving, loving, or any other emotion. I was taught the way to show gratitude was through kindness and sharing, not through platitudes. 

    If this sounds harsh, that is exactly how it sounds to me when people try to order up my emotions. I wish wanna-be gurus would consider that it be would be more effective, as well as authentic, to demonstrate these qualities rather than demand them. The teachers I admire most do just that and it is a pleasure to hear all that they share.

    Make time for the things you enjoy and the people you love because, my darlings that is truly where the sweet life lies.

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