Public Gratitude Journal

What are you grateful for?

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Catapan
Mostly the usual group of friends met for a half-day hike. The route was chosen by a couple of people so all we had to do was walk it, no thinking required.
We were out in the hills, on a short winter day of bright sunshine and high pressure. The views were beautiful, even now, approaching the shortest day. We slogged through mud and boggy ground and nothing dimmed our cheerfulness. Conversation was varied and interesting - yes, even about the current political situation here in the UK. Afterwards we called in at a coffee shop for hot drinks and pastries. I had hot chocolate fudge cake with cream AND strawberry ice ream!
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Zivio
Cell phone pooped out just before heading home on my bike tonight. Thankful nothing went wrong on the trip that may have required calling for backup.
There are plenty of small goodnesses in life to be grateful for when I don't overlook them.
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JLF
Joaquin Miller park at first light
Awe inspiring!
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JLF
Unconditional love of my cat :)
For a few moments i was centered, present in now. Not worrying or fretting about the future
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Zivio
The worldwide web makes available a literal world of information, knowledge and training resources.
While it's easy to take this for granted I remember the old school way, and even then was grateful for so many who would share their knowledge through books. I feel so privileged to live with such riches!
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Ohbejoyful
I loved my first stretching class.
It reminded me that my body had alternative ways of moving than I normally settle for. I feel optimistic about reclaiming my body from injury and a sedentary career.
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seangun14
This person balanced a whole conference and took the time to look me in the eyes and thank me. He was a shining star.
He was able to refer me to an employer but, more importantly, he helped me feel welcome in a space I didn't belong in.
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Tawnya
Our work schedules have made time together difficult, but Kim found time for a much needed conversation that helped me feel connected.
I was struggling with discouragement and the time together lifted my spirits.
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marsha
My sweet 14 year old kitty Gracie who gives the best nose and cheek cuddles while her body vibrates with purring.
On a cold, gray day, Gracie brings warmth and contentment.
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marsha
A day when we ALMOST had snow....and we didn't. Yeah
Dry roads are always better than wet ones
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lbkirby
I got to hold my 1-year-old granddaughter (almost 2), attend her birthday party, watch The Santa Clause with her in bed while she rolled around and made me laugh, watch her play while I was getting ready for the day, and hold her when she woke up from her nap.
It reminded me how sweet, soft and funny she is and how I have so much joy in me when I see her that I get very emotional.
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Catapan
He’s a friend I’ve not heard from for a while. I rang him just to check in.
We had time to talk and he opened up about the latest chapter in the difficult family circumstances he’s dealing with. I was glad we could both tell eachother our news and reconnect
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Catapan
Please excuse the possible indelicacy of what follows . . . I suffer from mild IBS and with IBS, when you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go. I was walking in quite a popular wooded area of the National Park when . . . I saw a very slight trail disappearing off in to the undergrowth and down a steep slope, out of sight . . .
I was so very grateful for the chance to get away from frequented trails!! Of course I had time to make a cat-hole and later cover it. Readers, please laugh!
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Catapan
I join when I can the nearest Society of Friends (Quakers) weekend Meeting. Today was one of those days. I passed another Friend hurrying on foot to Meeting and pulled over to offer her a lift - we were likely to be only just on time. She was warm and cheerful - everyone seemed to be so, at Meeting, whatever each individual is dealing with.
I was grateful for the warm acceptance from Friends, the opportunity to sit in silence for an hour and later the opportunity for me to give something to the Meeting - I washed the coffee mugs afterwards.
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Ohbejoyful
Cuddling with a 75 lbs dog and my guy in bed, warm and toasty, coming back to earth after a fairly upsetting nightmare.
I felt relief and love and safety.
Ohbejoyful
Shared her time, perspective, expertise, and took care of me by making sure there was a snack and glass of wine ready.
I saw my day through her eyes, shook off the bad feelings, and wasn't hangry anymore.
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Zivio
My sister offered to deliver all paperwork to our siblings and instruct them on how to proceed in order to convert inherited savings bonds into their online accounts.
Trying to wrap up settlement of Mom's estate has been fraught with delays and had been weighing on me. This offer not only moved things well ahead but saved me extra work preparing certified mailings and taking time off work to go to the post office. Lightened my load and my heart!
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Golbde19
I'm grateful today that I can relax at home drinking coffee by the fire where I am warm and safe. Not having to rush out the door to go to work is amazing today!
It reminded me of how comforting and relaxing a day off can be.
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maneesha
To fight the odds and live my dreams
While it gave me what I wanted, it came at a cost. But I know this is for the better. It always is
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Zivio
I'm truly thankful for all of you dear souls who have chosen to publicly share your gratitude journal posts! I'm finding mudita - a shared joy in your thanks whether they are for simple or profoundly wonderful events in your life
The positive feelings I've enjoyed by reading through your gratitude has encouraged me to share some of my posts that I might otherwise have kept private. It's a comfort to know that we all experience similar things, and I feel somehow connected and not alone when I read about you. Thanks, all, for being you and living to write about it!
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More Adventurous
I'm a high school teacher and for a field trip yesterday, my students and I arrived an hour early. My colleague and I took them to a park for an hour and it was SO MUCH FUN. One student and I even joined a free Zumba class happening in the park and had some good laughs. It was so wonderful to see these kids moving their bodies and laughing with one another instead of being glued to their phone screens.
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More Adventurous
I got together with old coworkers last night, some of which I hadn't seen in years or literally forgot about, and it just warmed my heart so much. There were probably ~40-50 people who showed up to this bar to be together! It was really wonderful. I've since switched careers ENTIRELY whereas most of this group remains in the same industry, and it was nice to hear positive feedback from my former colleagues about the work I am doing now.
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Aliz
It's been almost 60 years since the 4 of us met in Elementary School and we're still friends. I enjoy our outings so much and am lucky to have these 3 ladies still in my life.
I always feel happier just having a day away with the girls.
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Catapan
This morning I woke up much less stiff and aching than is often the case.
This cheered me up. It made getting out of bed easier, going down stairs easier. I’m often very stiff and aching two days after working out with weights ( I’m pushing for progress) and the lack of aches an pains tells me I am gradually regaining strength.
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Catapan
My late husband’s friend and colleague acknowledges he’s very busy but has sent me a message suggesting we meet up next week.
I was glad to hear from him. I know he doesn’t forget about me and I know he keeps busy - I believe this is so that he doesn’t have reason to stop and think about his frustrations in his life. I’m sorry, as always, that he’s hiding from himself but glad , at least, that were going to catch up. I wish I could do more to help him slow down and deal with the really difficult things in his life.