Community post #2! Thanks so much to our guest writers – I’m excited to share more. This post is by a fellow gratitude writer. We connected and talked about the power of gratitude over email and now this.
Yesterday, I went with a friend to get dinner and ice cream at a mall nearby. It was the nicest mall I’d ever been to, featuring art installations in walkways, tall glass on every storefront, and the bustling atmosphere of the holiday season.
We arrived at the restaurant we wanted to eat at. They had an hour-long wait. My friend put down his number and we left to wander the mall until our table was ready.
The two of us walked, window shopped, tried on and bought new shoes, and lounged in one of the many sitting areas littered across the expansive public space.
Before we knew it, our table was ready and we strode over to enjoy a delicious meal together.
I’m grateful that an evening like this can be commonplace in my life. I’m aware of how terrible others’ circumstances can be, how my own fortunate circumstances were gifted to me, and that this privilege is ephemeral and it will be gone sooner than I realize.
Today I’m Grateful For…
The safety of my friends and family.
My capacity to fall in love and that I continually do so.
That my body still works.
That my body still works well.
The people who have stepped into my life and become my mentors because of the mentors they themselves have had.
My reclining couch that ruins most other couches I sit on.
Patrick Rothfuss’s “The Wise Man’s Fear” on Audible.
Being able to make and eat my own favorite meals any time I want.
Having a job I inherently enjoy.
That I’ve fallen into a line of work that I’m good at and is in relatively high-demand.
Having co-workers who care about one another and that I genuinely enjoy spending time with.
That I live in America at a time when opportunities to shape my own life have never been easier.
That my psyche is still intact and hasn’t shattered under the stress of events I cannot cope with.
This laptop that I got a super good deal on.
My ability to learn.
My curiosity that motivates me to learn.
Relationships with my parents that have grown so fulfilling as I’ve gotten older.
That I’ve never been part of the food chain.
That I don’t live in constant fear or dread.
Friendly neighbors with healthy boundaries.
Explosive music for exhilarating runs.
The people who love and care about me, even when I sometimes don’t feel worthy of love.
That I’m still alive.
Thank you Jake for having me do a guest post on your gratitude list!
An exciting and new opportunity I want to start with the Gratitude Journal is to invite guest bloggers to contribute. It is with great pleasure that people can connect through gratitude and hopefully inspire others to share and reflect on their own.
Our first submission is below ~
Gratitude Journal #1
The world is complex and overwhelming, but I am strong, I have people who support me and I can win this one day.
Today I am thankful:
A very hot shower on a very cold day.
Clean laundry because my husband took care of it.
Cookies for breakfast, just because.
Time to meditate.
Time to relax and just breathe.
It was 11 degrees and my truck started on the first try.
My husband started a new job Monday and things are going great.
I had a problem at work and both my bosses supported me 100%.
I brought my 5 lb dog to work which brought me lots of happy visitors.
Gas is very affordable this week.
My freezer is full so I don’t have to go shopping.
My favorite show is on tonight.
I am halfway through holiday shopping.
I have enough money to be able to donate to charity.
My children and grandson are healthy and doing fine.
My younger daughter is almost finished with her thesis.
My older daughter has achieved work-life balance.
I am looking forward to my grandson’s 3rd birthday in a January.
There is a free holiday party at work!
My dog, Kylo is making so many people smile today.
I am busy, but I put all my obligations on a list and it feels good to mark them off.
John Wooden, one of my favorite coaches and philosophers said –
It’s so easy to relax, to cut corners, to let down after you’ve reached your goal, and begin thinking you can just “turn it on” automatically, without proper preparation. It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. Don’t think you can make up for progress by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, why aren’t you doing it now?
To me, the same applies to our energy when it comes to positivity. If we have the power to impact others, to be kind, and to show others gratitude – we must give our pursuits everything we have and then find a way to do it all again. This is how we create change, it starts with us!
I have to keep reminding myself of this as the fall semester comes to an end and I still have so much to take care of.
The work will get done, I keep saying.
Each breath acts as an anchor, knowing I have goals I am working towards. Planning only gets us so far – and similarly – so does writing lists. I want to live out loud when it comes to gratitude and positivity. I want to take those next steps and live each moment and use each action to demonstrate gratitude. This looks like patience. This looks like empathy and encouragement.
Ultimately reminding myself, I need to take life one day at a time. The best is yet to come. The work will get done but saying it isn’t enough. Taking action brings life to another level.
From a very early age we are taught to “play nice” with others. As we grow up that sentiment turns into how we conduct ourselves professionally and work together. Gratitude can be part of that formula if others buy in.
Build your own culture of appreciation at work or at home by stressing the importance of gratitude. Start with yourself and share it with others, you may be surprised by the results.