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If my current state is less than desired, I try to focus on what’s right, feel grateful that I am alive, hopeful that my plight will improve, and become determined to make it so. When I'm feeling victimized, I try to make peace with what happened. When appropriate, I offer forgiveness, unload emotional baggage, and perhaps even make some good flow from evil. (Note: Bringing religion into this, those worshiping a loving New Testament God “turn the other cheek” and are lenient and forgiving.)

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a heart WV Theme...

...individual <---> individual

the theme is paired with:  #17A  Bitterness & Vengeance  to make Choice #19 in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 1.0  version 2.0    version 3.0         is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldwatch Watch issue #41, posted 11/11/2014: Be Grateful: Ceramic Poppies are Blowing in the Wind

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Forgiveness Gratitude Psychological Resilience
struggling to put away feeling of grievance Turning the Other Cheek Mercy
little or no victim mentality may be battling Grief The Problem of Evil

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #16A Culture of Fear   #18B Dispassionate   #25  Evil is Out There  
#33A   Servitude / Enslaved #36A Cynicism #36B  Conspiracies  #39B Blaming / Scapegoating
#202A Cautious Processing      

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #17B: Gratitude & Forgiveness

World Without Hate (non-profit "committed to sharing the transformational power of forgiveness, embracing compassion and mercy, and teaching others the beauty of acceptance and empathy")
Foregiveness Forum
The Forgiveness Project
The Campaign for Love and Forgiveness
Nelson Mandela | The Love and Forgiveness Project
Worldwatch Watch issue #41, posted 11/11/2014: Be Grateful: Ceramic Poppies are Blowing in the Wind

Gratitude Power ("Gratitude Power unveils the pathway to joy, love and prosperity through the process of heart felt appreciation").

Gratitude and Forgiveness (this entry on Positive Psychology News Daily provides links to several articles) 
"What Suffering Does" by David Brooks (April 7 2014 NY Times opinion piece about the benefits of recovering from suffering)
"Does the Act of Prayer Lead to Forgiveness?" by Rick Nauert (2010 report on research study by Nathaniel Lambert)
Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct, by Michael McCullough (more on this 2008 book)
Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Feel Happier, by Robert Emmons (2007 book)
The Gift of Forgiveness, by Carl Scovel (a Unitarian Universalist perspective)
Gratitude, by Norman Fischer (on website)
Ode to Gratitude by Pablo Neruda (poem translated from Spanish)
The Heart of Our Faith, by Galen Guengerich  (a Unitarian Universalist perspective on gratitude)
A Scientifically Proven Way to be Happy, by Laura Rowley
Rx for Life: Gratitude, by Gregg Easterbrook
Prayers of Gratitude from Different Religious Traditions
Gratitude (on Hope Allianz Inc -- Counseling & Healing Center -- website)
Spirituality and Health: Forgiveness
Healing -- The Heart of the Conflict, by Marc Gopin
Forgiveness: How to Let Go of Grudges and Bitterness, by Katherine Piderman  (article, Mayo Clinic website)
Give Yourself Up, by Kim K. Crawford Harvie (thoughts on forgiveness by Unitarian Universalist minister)
The Forgiveness Web -- Links, Resources related to Forgiveness
Forgive for Good, by Fred Luskin  (interview with him about the book on this site)
quotes related to gratitude
quotes related to forgiveness

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.