“To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words but great deeds. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
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.
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.
In life, we are bound to our individual journeys. Each taking us somewhere different and unique. Each path strewn with challenges we must overcome. The answers we seek have been inside of us all along.
Andrew Forsthoefel’s Walking To Listen, is a literary masterpiece. Andrew’s true story documents his travels Walking from Philadelphia to California. Every word written is both honest and vulnerable. His thoughts and fears echoed my own and this coming of age story is worth the read.
Andrew studied up and lived by famous writers and poets, Whitman and Rilke. He let their words guide him on his walk but ultimately made the choices for himself. Be true to yourself. Learn what it is you need to continue and prosper on your journey.
Today I’m Grateful For…
My introvert time
Finishing my book, Walking To Listen
Home cooked food
Working towards my goals
A job well done
Time at the gym
Hanging out with my cat
A clean apartment
Rides on the bike trail
My peer mentors
What patience brings
A good foam roller for stretching
Watching Moana with friends
Signs from the Universe
Premier League weekends
Working appliances, running water, and a safe place to live
The old man turns 11. One year again today, I adopted Eddard Stark Ames but I like to call him Ned for short. He’s not the friendliest but he sure knows how to cuddle. He’s an old man set in his ways but has brought love and affection to my family and me. When I adopted Ned, I wasn’t sure how my parents would react. They weren’t thrilled about the idea but I think they realize how special Ned is. He’s always around to listen and can appreciate a good piece of ham. Looking forward to spending many more birthdays with my cat Ned.
Today, I drove back to UMass. As much as I loved my time in the UK, I’ve been looking forward to this day for quite a while. Fittingly, my supervisor Adam was one of the first people I got to see after arriving which made me happy.
It’s hard to believe I’m in my last year of graduate school. A year away from my degree, a year away from no more homework, a year away from the unknown. There are a lot of changes occurring and I feel the gravity of each of them. I’ll be working with a new staff, in a new area, with new responsibilities and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m grateful for the training and support I receive because without it, I wouldn’t be here.
I am fortunate to continue my education and I’m grateful it will allow me to help people in so many different ways.
Today I’m Grateful For…
My new apartment balcony
Getting help unpacking
Ice cream and staff bonding
Advil and eye drops
Eggs for breakfast
Working in OSIL and walking through the RCC saying hi to everyone
Silent heat lightning in the sky
Being back at UMass
Time to journal
CLEAN WATER! Check out my project and see how you can get involved!
After more than 25,000 steps with my friend Stenie we navigated our way from Brixton to London and had ourselves a fantastic day. We caught up, laughed, enjoyed the sun and did the most American thing ever by getting fish and chips by the London eye. It was marvelous.
I’ve been doing more research on gratitude and found some really interesting stuff. The science behind “positive psychology” is still evolving but something I’m hoping to incorporate more into the blog going forward. There are leading researchers and experts on gratitude I would love to interview and exchange thoughts with that I’ll post here as well! I would love to make this more interactive because I know for me, Gratitude isn’t just about the individual, it’s about the culmination of feeling.
With 150 lists now under my belt, I’m feeling motivated with June right around the corner.
Today I’m Grateful For…
Stenie Simon, one of my best friends
The London bustle and hustle
Getting my steps in
Delicious street food
Help from home, using my phone and the Internet has been a struggle here