Gratitude In Honesty (#210)

Today I must have journaled for hours. I walked the mile-long pier and found a bench staring straight into the endless horizon. I sat in awe of the mighty current as the wind whipped across my face. I struggled to keep my page as the wind engulfed my entire being. With what felt like the promise of the storm, I decided to walk halfway back to the mainland and found some cover. There, I sat and reflected on this past year. It was almost a year ago to this day I was moving into UMass and starting my first year of graduate school. Life was different then. I was different then.

I’ve learned a lot over the course of the year. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and encountered challenges I wish I handled differently. Having the time to journal and reflect on these things helps me be grateful in a different way. I’m grateful others have shown me patience and compassion. I’m grateful to be given support when I needed it the most. Holding myself accountable is important to me. Taking a hard look at my imperfections doesn’t make me a perfect person, far from it. My goal is to learn from these mistakes and when looking back, I’m grateful for these lessons I learn every day.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The sound and smell of the ocean
  2. My journal
  3. Vinyl music with my parents
  4. Square-dance classes
  5. Buffalo chicken and Patriots games
  6. Classic movies
  7. Monopoly nights
  8. A couple of deep breaths
  9. New music Friday on Spotify
  10. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  11. My brothers in Sigma Pi
  12. My audiobooks
  13. Dream Team meetings with Jess and Carley
  14. Tattoo stories
  15. My teammates and good coaches
  16. West coast In-N-Out Burgers
  17. Learning new things
  18. Good news
  19. Driving through the Pacific Northwest
  20. Lessons about leadership
  21. A clear sky
  22. Morning runs to the train station
  23. Holding hands
  24. Sleeping in
  25. Right here, right now

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 from my time in Southend today. The walk to the pier, the time by the water, it all mad for 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!

2 thoughts on “Gratitude In Honesty (#210)”

  1. Amazing post… we should really appreciate and be grateful for the life we live… and your post is a great way to get into the feeling of gratitude and how lucky we are to experience those beautiful things in our life

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