complacent about what bothered and irked me. It is emotionally frustrating, being reasonable all the time.
First, was Stuart. For more than twenty years we've known each other. He got an earful. He is good at that. Patient, he is. He is also irritating and encouraging at the same time. Forty to fifty seconds go by before he replies, when plied with a question. Yet, Stuart's comments are insightful and helpful. His humor gets in the way of my intensity. Just what I need when my feelings are at a fevered pitch. Really. He provided humor and perspective.
Lastly, my son, Pablo Jr. I dread talking with him about anything that vexes me. Seldom does he agree. He's blunt and practical, counter-balancing the nonviolent communication I practice and my theoretical nature. Good. If we were both alike, one of us would be unnecessary.
He's the devil's advocate, when discussing a point with him. It is emotional masochism, seeking his support. He tells me what I hate hearing. Yet, it is great for my pride. He is usually right. His com-ments invariably leave a blister on the ball of the foot of my conscience when running the first mile of a emotional marathon. Good, again. It slows me down from my impetuous ways.
Each of these special people embodied the quote that started this post. I am a lucky man. With the support of others, I will fall as many times as I would, if I handled life alone. The difference is now, when I do, I have others lifting me up. And for that, I had a Attitude of Gratitude
1. Thankful for the help of others. They provide perspective I lack, especially when enmeshed with an issue.
2. I am grateful for the balance I have in my life because I have a supportive community and loving family.
3. I am thankful that when I fall, concussions are prevented because others that catch me when I slip.
4. I was happy spending time with my family, as we watched the San Francisco Giants baseball team play tonight. The game was exciting, to the last second.
5. Last night I relaxed with a friend, watching a more than superb movie, Gone Girl.