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.  

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October 2014

 1. a good friend’s birthday — recognizing her value in my life —  my daughter’s attitude in tackling new and unfamiliar challenges — mindless television shows.

2. my daughter’s continued determination, confidence, and willingness — managing schedules — being able to make a sit-down meal on short notice — that no one complained about my basic meal — watching my daughter’s band and strings performance after only 2 days of practice.

3.  my massage therapists’ advice — knowing that being patience will never cause you to “lose” anything — accepting alternatives for my single-minded focus.

4. my husband driving to the soccer field out of town — remembering to drink enough water — making gym time “me” time.

5. chai lattes — more patience with myself at yoga — being willing to do what is easier to resist — good resources at the Library.

6. knowing this is a shorter week — that planning ahead really does help — different routes in traffic — choosing my food wisely and not eating emotionally as much.

7. making comparisons internally instead of externally — getting lights in the kitchen — feeling stronger at my swim workout — my husband making dinner — having dinner as a family.

8. a day without work — driving against traffic — living close to the pool — being able to help a friend — getting help from a friend.

9. minimizing my to-do list — accepting that nothing is forever — realizing that sometimes people do expect more than they give — that sometimes people are unaware of their effect on others.

10. my son’s bravery and easy-goingness at the dentist — seeing each kids’ ordeals differently — that we only grow as fast as we are willing, not what we expect — that I don’t have the pre-race stresses I usually experience this time of year.

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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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