A Moment To Reflect And Breath (#126)

I was disappointed in myself for missing a couple of days of blogging. I’d like to think I kept my gratitude promise by writing for those days today but I know it’s not the same thing. It shouldn’t matter that I published the blog a couple of days late because it was never about posting every day or proving I can write 365 blogs. I didn’t start writing about gratitude to quantify a list of things I have. It’s not about the stuff on the list, or how many there are. It’s about the feeling each list item brings. So that’s why I’ll keep writing about gratitude. I believe in the power of thankfulness and hope sharing mine can inspire more.

I recognize I hold a lot of privilege in my identities and opportunities. Sometimes preaching gratitude feels like I’m just simply advertising my advantages. I think like every feeling or emotion, we all feel it differently. The way I feel and express gratitude will be different than how others do the same.

Albeit small, I want to use this platform to bring positivity into this world and inspire others any way I can.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My dad coaching my teams growing up
  2. Orange juice in the morning
  3. Deep conversation
  4. Our existence
  5. Trying something new
  6. A platform to share my thoughts
  7. My fraternity brothers and goodbyes
  8. The sound of birds chirping in the morning
  9. Tattoo stories
  10. Meeting new people
  11. A couple deep breaths
  12. Bryan Gammon, one of my best friends
  13. The calming rain and how it feels when it lands on my skin
  14. Passion and energy
  15. My job here at UMass
  16. Summer walks through the state park
  17. Nights on the beach
  18. Night time stretches
  19. Listening to my parents tell old stories
  20. Letting go
  21. Good self-care
  22. Coming home to my cat
  23. Clean water
  24. Support and encouragement

As always, check out my first blog, 25 Things I’m Grateful For (#1) to know why I’m writing this list and why I want you to start yours.

Featured image is my own this time! A silhouette I took on the beach in California. Truly, a great day.

Author: Jacob Ames

Feline father, perpetual graduate student, sport enthusiast, pancake expert, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to keep my life organized and to develop a platform I can one day use to share baseless conspiracy theories about the robot uprising. I enjoy writing!

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