The Best Version Of Myself (#211)

After finishing John Wooden’s A Lifetime of Observations today, his ideals and lessons gave me a lot to think about. His book focused on; character, compassion, preparation, faith, patience, leadership, and hard work among other teachings. His words resonated with me. Listening, stirred a feeling inside that makes me want to be my best.

I will never be a perfect person. I need to allow myself the grace to make mistakes. All I can do is give my maximum effort in all circumstances. That much is in my control. I’m grateful for the lessons learned throughout my life. Learning and improving every day means being patient with my process. I’m grateful for the people who instill these lessons in me. At the end of the day, I’m the only one who can foster and create the best version of myself. I’ve been given these tools to succeed and it’s my job to make a change. I’m grateful for my process. It’s all part of the journey.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. Good communication
  2. Home cooking
  3. Laying with my cat after a tough day
  4. Access to fresh fruit and vegetables
  5. Good role models
  6. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!

  7. Late night mac and cheese
  8. Feeling refreshed
  9. Sharing gratitude
  10. The friends who inspire me to “run with the fastest”
  11. Taking it one day at a time
  12. My family
  13. Car rides with the windows down and the music up
  14. Bike rides through campus in Amherst
  15. Weekend hikes
  16. Making folders on Spotify to organize my music
  17. My process
  18. Catching the sunrise
  19. Adam, my supervisor at UMass
  20. Carpools with Carley
  21. That cozy feeling in the winter
  22. The feeling of sand between your toes
  23. When people give their time to a cause
  24. Signs from the Universe
  25. The precious present


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 of the pier from Southend. One of my favorite days in England. It was just me in that moment. The wind, the water, and time to reflect. 

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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