Perhaps you remember my rant-of-a-post last year about gratitude, and those little clementine oranges I drew on with a sharpie to drive the point home.

Well, I’m still sick and tired of gratitude, and how it’s routinely prescribed as a way to avoid tricky, socially-unacceptable feelings. And I know lots of you are over it too. Well, I have good news. We are not alone!

Elephant Journal published a new and improved version of my essay last week. And thanks to all of you for sharing the essay on ye olde social media, it’s already an Editor’s Pick!

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Woa! Look at me now—feeling gratitude spontaneously, as nature intended.

I am so damn grateful that I am An Honest Mom in the company of so damn many Honest Yous.

May we boldly move through the world feeling our feelings even if they’re painful or embarrassing. And may we have the courage to share the messy details of our lives, since that will make more room for all of us to be whole.