In The Future… (#339)

Day after day, the unexpected arrives. We can plan all we like but the future is full of the unknown. We have hopes and ambitious dreams that make us look forward in time.

An iconic line from the classic Forrest Gump rings true, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get”.

While we’re busy making plans for the future, we miss out on the here and now. My head gets lost in a cloud of thoughts and fears if I try to look to far ahead. I begin to stray from my present moment and lose sight of what I have in the here and now.

Because life will always be a series of unexpected twists and turns, we can let go of trying to anticipate what the future may hold. Of course, make goals, plan your day, but don’t lose yourself to what ifs and future fears.

We can use gratitude to ground ourselves in the here and now. Each day can be a blessing of life. Each day can be opportunity to try and change things. I say this knowing there are those worse off than me. After traveling to corners of the Earth, I know that’s not true for everyone. Despite this, these people are vivacious and animated. They support their families and go on living.

Maybe I’m just rambling. Maybe you have your own philosophy and outlook on the future. Whatever it is, gratitude brought us here first and I believe it’s important we honor that with a couple deep breaths and patient thinking.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. The sound of rain before bed
  2. Safe travels
  3. A day stuck at home because of the snow
  4. Time to journal and reflect
  5. Teaching CORE and working with my students
  6. My Peer Mentor staff and co-workers
  7. Being here at UMass and continuing my education
  8. Mentors and role models
  9. A chance to be outside and feel the warmth of the sun
  10. A couple deep breaths
  11. Productive time and getting organized
  12. Tools for my mental health and staying grounded
  13. Pickup soccer with friends
  14. Texts from Iceland
  15. Warm blankets and fluffy pillows
  16. My family traditions
  17. Game of Thrones Sunday’s
  18. Local breakfast places
  19. Friends from home
  20. Waking up next to my cat
  21. Clean water and friends from Cambodia
  22. Sharing gratitude
  23. Long summer nights
  24. Days spent doing nothing
  25. The here and 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.

If you’re interested in Guest Blogging for the Gratitude Journal, click (here)!

Featured image from California

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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