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.  


July 2014

 1. having the day off (thank you Canada!) — the hot weather — finishing my run — lots of d0-nothing time — that my husband took my daughter to see fireworks while I went to bed.

2. less sugar  — reading funny commentary — not having to wear so many layers — coffee visits — picking up my kids.

3. emails with photos from travelling family — the man who held the door open for me –the extra bag I brought to buy groceries — my favorite yogurt  — my favorite yogurt on sale.

4. slow day at work — leaving early — clean floors– enjoy my dinner — my coach recognizing how tired I’ve been.

5.  running with my husband — taking it really easy — lots of rest time — kale from the garden — lots of me time.

6. my son’s humour — his positive energy — his help with groceries — not being so scheduled — sleeping in.

7. green lights in traffic — healthy choices for lunch — giving my daughter options she could accommodate — being patient with my feelings — chocolate.

8. my son’s exuberance about his cooking camp — recognizing when I am overwhelmed (even if it may not appear like it) — being mindful — finding parking.

9. an easy run — a (legs only) dip in the ocean — dogs and their funny personalities — dogs on the beach — spending time with my kid.



12. going for an easy, sunshine-y run — taking the time in my day to take care of me — being able to also fit in activities for the kids — riding the train — afternoon rest.

13. chocolate and almond power bars — running with friends — living in such a scenic and accessible place — mango popsicles — beach time.

14.  sunshine — yoga — predictability — decaf coffee — an end to the day.

15. resisting temptation — strength in choices — accepting me now — my son’s comment when we were brushing teeth “boy, I have a handsome smile!” — my daughter’s steps towards independence.

16. a day off — a good “float” — that to lose weight means I need to be okay with where I am now — pants that fit — familiar strangers.

17. lunch with a colleague — that people are not as scary as they seem — that I do seem to have a “work” persona — running for fun — lemonade on a sunny day.

18. a better night’s sleep — reminders of the past — realizing I made it through some of the experiences I’d forgotten out — how much the kids are enjoying their summer camps — fresh kale.

19. still taking the time to be easy on myself — starting to feel better physically — patience — trusting that things will change — trusting that things can change.

20.  the quiet of early morning — how predictably delicious my breakfast tastes — a good trail run — sunshine — beautiful scenery.

21. a few extra moments at the end of the day — easy traffic — the boy’s positive attitude — getting weekend laundry done — summertime meals.

22. a new cleaning lady — good neighbours — blue sky — a small kindness with big rewards — feeling sore from my run but immensely satisfied.

23. patience for challenges that I cannot relate to — longer evenings — my husband for feeding the kids — making time for my workout — an unexpected glass of wine.

24. making vacation plans — simplifying plans — taking the time to do what I want — running shoes — feeling present during my run.

25. running errands at lunch — doing nothing in the evening — letting go of tentative plans and not feeling obliged — the upcoming forecast — chocolate milk.

26. longer runs — having water on my longer run — not feeling great, but still feeling accomplished — fresh salad — espom salt baths.

27. trail runs with great people — the view from the peak — a haircut — watching buskers with the kids — still having a few hours for Sunday nothings.

28. the kids up early — the kids getting out of the house on time — finding money in my wallet — the free coffee on my rewards card — the giant potato my son grew.

29.  my husband’s texts –

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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