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.
To me, it’s just another day. I’m not a huge fan even though I’m lucky enough to share the day with my twin sister. I don’t like the attention and often times don’t feel comfortable accepting gifts. Today was an exception to my normal annual dreadful birthday experience. With gratitude, I love to celebrate and thank the people who work so hard to make my day special. I have people in my life who care about me and who want to see me happy. I’m grateful for another year of life and for all this year will bring. Here’s to being 24 and feeling capable of taking on the world.
Today I’m Grateful For…
My sister, sharing the day with her has been my favorite thing about August 21st.
Clear nights with bright stars
When my uncle dressed up as a lobster for my underwater themed birthday
Summers hanging by the pool
Wiffleball in the yard with my neighbors
Watching the Revs under the lights
Vinyl records and good music
Fresh fruit and veggies
Birthday surprises from the dream team
When my mom calls to check in
Nights spent listening to the rain outside
Grilling in the summer
My Peer Mentors
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