Be Grateful

JMFS 011 Video Thumb - Be gratefulAfter a whirlwind day in Atlanta, including a CDC press conference to launch the new Tips from Former Smokers campaign, our driver gave us a mini-tour of the neighborhood that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. grew up in and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

He pointed out the Ebenezer Baptist Church and we asked him to stop so that we could go inside. Being in the church that Dr. King was baptized in, ordained as a minister in when he was 19 years old, and the church in which his funeral service was an extremely moving experience.

Martin Luther King Jr tomb resting place in Reflection Pool of the King CenterAfterward we went next door to The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Mrs. Coretta Scott King established the organization in 1968 to continue her late husband’s legacy. Today, Dr. and Mrs. King lie in rest at the center, on a brick island in the Reflecting Pool.

A lot of things went through my mind. One was how incredibly cruel human beings can be to each other, contrasted with how loving and giving we can be, to the point of extreme self-sacrifice.

I felt a powerful sense of gratitude for all of the things in my life: I felt grateful for waking up this morning, grateful for my health, grateful for my family, my friends and supporters, grateful for being able to visit my father (whom I haven’t seen in years), grateful for being chosen to participate in the 2015 CDC Tips campaign, and all of the other experiences – both good and bad – that have contributed to making me who I am and bringing me to this point in my life.

It really got me thinking about the fact that we all need to be grateful for things in our lives every day. Watch this to get my takeaways.

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