Just Another Day (#345)

In both victory and defeat there are lessons to be learned. I just finished reading The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown and absolutely loved it. The crew had to show resilience on their journey leading up to Hitler’s 1936 Olympics.

I enjoyed this book for many reasons. Not only was it incredibly well written and descriptive, but personal accounts provided by these real people brought the story to life.

Brown writes,

It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what you will do, and how well you will do it, while pain has her wanton way with you.

Everyday we are faced with new challenges. Whether we succeed brilliantly or utterly fail our task, it’s just another day. We can use gratitude to remind ourselves that we’ve made it this far. We can say the sun will rise again tomorrow. We have another opportunity to make things right, to try, try again. Gratitude and patience give us this power and it’s ours to wield.

The Boys In The Boat are special cases of what can happen with true collaboration and trust. Their incredible adventure was spurred by rowing but made possible by their hearts.


Today I’m Grateful For…

  1. My family
  2. Warm blankets and comfy pillows
  3. Fixing things when they need to be fixed
  4. A little understanding
  5. Patient reminders from the Universe
  6. Walks through an empty campus
  7. The Boyden steps at BSU
  8. Friends from home
  9. Clean water
  10. My girlfriend, JV
  11. Sledding down the hill as a kid
  12. Summer audiobooks and podcasts
  13. Time at the gym
  14. Friends from Cambodia and the UK
  15. Learning new things
  16. Being on time
  17. My Peer Mentors at UMass
  18. Embracing change
  19. My process
  20. Sharing gratitude and having a platform to process
  21. Healthy cooking together
  22. Time to journal and reflect
  23. Safe travels and good health
  24. Clean teeth
  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.

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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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