Attitude of Gratitude

I first came across this idea as Project Gratitude through a fellow blogger, Writing Ruth. I had looked for a way to cherish and acknowledge some things in each day that I appreciate. So much of what I feel in a day rushes through me and I am often left overwhelmed. This list is my daily reminder of what those little aspects are, and how each day has worth.  I am thankful for what I have and where I am, but it’s easy to be complacent or to feel ‘not good enough.’ By being more focused on the little bits that make up my bigger picture, I hope to share more peace with my day. I will archive my daily reminders and post them at month’s end.  


August 2014

 1. a planned mommy-daughter outing — that my foot will feel better — my well-timed physio appt next week — avocados — the realization that when we are separated from some thing and don’t really miss it, it’s not as sentimentally important as I had thought.

2. “you don’t know how good yoga is for you until you stop doing it” — the ice I had for my sore foot before my run — making it through my run intact and no worse off — seeing old friends — coffee in the sunshine.

3.  the quiet and sunshine and creek on our trail run — my daughter getting ready for her camping — my son’s enthusiasm for his garden — having dinner together — being in a crowd, but also being able to get away from it.

4. the drive to take my daughter to camp — her quiet confidence — ch00sing not to stop for a morning coffee, but coming home and making chocolate cake instead — taking a “do nothing” day — still getting loads of laundry done (with my husband’s help).

5. old friends coming back to work — only one kid to get ready in the morning — the serendipity of getting a B12 shot — my naturopath’s kindness and energy — remembering to return Library books and DVDs.

6. making the decision not to run — still being able to go to the gym — a workout that made me weak in my knees (in a good way) — fresh kale from the garden (this never gets old) — watch tennis with my son from the comforts of the couch.

7. finally!  a physio appt — finally! some relief for my foot — going to the gym and feeling better after — being able to go to a great vegan restaurant for lunch — my husband finding a cheaper and realiable and decent plumber.

8. my last day of work before holidays — thinking about packing/planning/prep for holidays in small increments — icing my foot — sorting lights from darks — that there is still so much sunshine.


10. packing in advance — Cookies — good neighbours — time off from work — that the Cat is not really phased much by us leaving (although she knows!)

11. my mom — running with my hubby — the kids being entertained by in-laws — going to bed early — a good read (Indian Horse / Richard Wagamese).

12. in-laws — change of scenery — time (alone) with my hubby — a beautiful resort with 3 nights booked — doing nothing — no expectations or obligations.

13. coffee dates — going to the gym — fresh towels — another day! — reading a book that reminds me of how precious the present is (February / Lisa Moore).

14. bike rides — run dates — lazy mornings — not having to drive 4 hours to retrieve the kids — being prepared for another adventure.

15. having all our gear/camping stuff/food fit in the car — good directions — sunny weather — camping with more family — seeing cousins for the first time in 15 years.

16. camping coffee — extra blankets — lifejackets — kayaks — beer.

17. communal meals — camping chairs — clean showers — still being able to run — bats.

18. not losing anything when packing up — shorter than expected drives — time to myself — hot showers — running.

19. making the trip home in shorter stages — encouragement from my hubby to get another run in — the feeling after the run — that the hotel had a pool — that the hotel was across from a Starbucks.

20. changing plans with ease (bribing kids!) — not spending too much money at IKEA — being inspired to do more at home — the benefits of mid-week travel: catching the ferry when only waiting 15 min (instead of the usual 1.5 hours) — being home in daylight.

21. waking up at home — get up before anyone else — an emergency physio appt – that my physio made me feel better — running.

22. days off during the week — not doing more than we wanted to — zucchini — the cheap and friendly reno guy — getting the kids newspaper route done with ease.

23. trail running — that my foot was more cooperative than I expected — chai latte — napping — meals together.

24. managing to start and finish another longish run — the reminder that the mind can be weaker than the body — the perfectly placed water fountain on my run route — the kids being excited for soccer camp.


19 thoughts on “Attitude of Gratitude

  1. Oh my goodness! I’m just now seeing this. I’m so honored to see the idea catching on at other sites! I can’t wait to hear about how it goes for you. Happy Gratitude to you! And *thank you*!

  2. I keep a Gratitude Journal by my bedside but I love your idea about keeping track via your blog and sharing with the world. I think I may just nick your idea for my blog. Congrats again on being Freshly Pressed!

    • Nice!
      At months’s end I will write a summary gratitude post and also include the daily gratitudes on the A of G page. I like it; it’s good to be mindful and present in one’s day. :)
      Go ahead and nick!

      • Thanks! I just nicked it. I named the category: G is for Gratitude baby! :-)

        My blog is still in noob phase and as a result is a work in progress… I am fairly new to blogging so I’m learning as I go. :-/

      • Hey GiRRL….
        Keep going with the blogging. I really enjoy it and find you can meet a whole slew of crazy cats out there. (Did you like my reference to cats?)
        I find you learn by doing, reading, commenting and copying. (not literally copying, but using as an example).
        I like the G is for Gratitude…

  3. This is a great idea. I just finished Rhonda Byrne’s Magic, so I have a list of 280 things to be grateful for–10/day for 28 days. I wanted to continue the practice, and now you have given me the solution. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

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