An Incredible Adventure (#213)

Every list I post, #25 on my list of gratitude is an acknowledgment of the present moment. Thoughts and fears can take me away from being present. Anxiety and uncertainty for the future meshed with a disappointment in failure from the past, remove me from the here and now. Being mindful and being present is a practice. What I’ve learned is this search for meaning, my expedition for happiness and understanding doesn’t have to span the globe. My adventure starts right here, in this moment.

“You don’t have to wait until tomorrow to find peace and joy. Breathing in, I feel alive. Breathing out, I feel at home.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Gratitude grounds me in the here and now. Each breath that fills my lungs brings the miracle of life into my body. I’m learning I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be and the meaning to life I’ve been seeking, is what I define it to be. What a blessing it is to live another day, to see another sunrise, and to share love with the people and animals we care the most for. Our adventure starts here and you don’t have to wait for any kind of special permission to start again.

07.23.18

Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My breath
  2. Lessons from Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh
  3. Home cooked meals
  4. Gym sessions with Peter
  5. A clear sky full of stars
  6. The sound of train outside my window
  7. Rain, falling on my skin
  8. My friends, the people who helped me get to be exactly where I am
  9. My cat Ned, my best friend
  10. Old vinyl records
  11. Getting a good sweat at the gym
  12. CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved
  13. Thunder storms
  14. Mindful eating
  15. Shared laughter
  16. A full moon and a quiet night
  17. The warmth of the sun
  18. New music from my discover weekly from Spotify
  19. Second chances
  20. Love through understanding
  21. Patience
  22. A good night’s rest
  23. Summer jijutsu lessons and learning new things
  24. My family
  25. Every moment from today, but especially this one

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 an old hike with my friend Lucas. So many moments in this lifetime to celebrate, how lucky am I to get to share them with people I love.

Author: Jake Ames

Grad student, feline father, twin brother, buffalo chicken enthusiast, and gratitude writer. Using this blog to hopefully inspire others on their journey. Love your process, whatever that looks like.

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