Be Grateful and Do Not Worry

It is the month of being grateful and showing thanks for what you have.

Appreciate what is going on now, breathe, be content, be still and know.

Most worries are about the future, a future that may or may not even materialize. Do not have pre-traumatic stress disorder. Do not worry about tomorrow.

Enjoy the people around you and the situation you are in.

If you desire to change your situation, make the steps to do so, in a detailed and deliberate way. Stick to the plan, believe in your goals, and you can make them happen. Attitude and outlook are everything.

Someone with very few possessions may find a great deal of joy in their simple moment—a sandwich, a blanket, the sun, a conversation. Yet some multimillionaires may live a life filled with “stress” and worry and problems and fear.

I have everything I need, and the people around me are wonderful. There’s always more food than I should eat and more blankets than I need. Much more importantly, I have been blessed with a great family, there is a lot of love and fun and, overall, fine health. Yes, I have goals to improve my health, family, finances and situation. Part of the point of writing those goals down, though, is that I do not have to keep them in my head 24 hours a day; occasionally, in a way it is good to lose sight of those goals for a moment and be grateful.

Cherish your health while you have it. You will not always have it. Take care of yourself!

Spend time with your loved ones; you do not know which day will be your last with a particular friend or family member.

I think Scott Walker of the local Good Neighbor Station would agree that a little kindness goes a long way. Talk with the people around you sometimes, even those different from you. Be a positive force. At least, give someone a person to talk to, someone to listen to their story and concerns.

I am grateful I have someone to talk to, and that I am surrounded by hardworking, creative people. I’m grateful that Murfreesboro is a great spot to be doing business in, a healthy community environment. Let’s make sure it is a good existence for everyone. Our town must be a good place to be—more and more people move into rapidly growing Rutherford County every day. Welcome!

In Murfreesboro, in America, in the world, there is enough wealth and food and shelter and love to go around, but in some individuals’ lives there is a shortage. Please address this where you can.

Speaking of grateful, the Dead and Company will stop through Nashville this month. I guess they don’t want to be Grateful anymore, now joined by John Mayer and Oteil, but I am grateful their music is still being played. The Grateful jams have powered the Pulse for 10 years now.

I am grateful for a recent excursion out to the woods. The search for Bigfoot continues. Enjoy the outdoors before the cold sets in. Murfreesboro author Billy Plant has a little to say about creatures of the woods and enjoying nature.

I hope your harvest was good this year. I am grateful for Happy Harvest, the official vegetable provider of the Murfreesboro Pulse, and for their bounty when the Mayo garden wasn’t so bountiful.

Miller’s Grocery is excellent, but there is nothing like real home cooking, made fresh just for you from good local veggies.

Finally, thanks to Raymond Summerour for taking me out to the Eldorado. The last band to perform there must have rocked so hard the roof caved in.


Bracken Mayo

Editor in Chief


About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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