Public Gratitude Journal

What are you grateful for?

cosmicmuffin's picture
cosmicmuffin
I am grateful every single day for the neighborhood cafe where I start my day with a latte, and either chat with others or just sit quietly, observe the passing scene and read. This morning I felt special gratitude for the convivial baristas, who conversed with me about the that great prayer for "the strength to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can't change, and the wisdom to know the difference."
They helped to dispel the gloom I had felt upon reading early-morning headlines. Serenity, serenity. Wisdom, wisdom-- I hope.
Jin's picture
Jin
Grateful for: 1. Did not think about how great it would be if I got back with my ex. The healing power of time is definitely happening! 2. Went to a wine tasting with my ex-teacher and friend Cindy! Always good to see them! 3. Had a great and smooth service with my friend Adam's first day. 4. Being alive and healthy and feeling more and more complete.
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Zivio
Greater Good in Action "3 Good Things" exercise: (1) Although restricting caloric intake, enough were "saved up" earlier today to permit the usual Mental Health Friday beer, cracker tray and Beyond Burger treat tonight! (2) Completed financial chores and assisted Myleva with weekly house cleaning today -- both of us enjoy living in our organized, clean environment. (3) Thankful for public library and Overdrive app which makes available enjoyment of the Infinite Powers book. Tax dollars at work!
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JSHERLOCK
I woke up without excruciating back pain this morning because of my new mattress!
It made me think that today and tomorrow would be good days, since the pain really makes me upset and colours my day darkly.
Jin's picture
Jin
Thankful for my dad guiding me through my tax return. My chef complimented my plating and took my suggestion. Thankful for a smooth night of service working with my sous chef. Thankful for having had noodle soup for staff meal! Thankful for my cat who cuddled with me after work today. Thankful for the office manager at my wine school finding my tablet that I left in class. Thankful for my favorite podcast hosts liking my tweet. I finished my taxes today and finished contributing to my retirement fund for 2019.
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Melissaba86
Asher (my son) gave me lots of kisses this morning. I love his love.
It put me in a good warm mood
Jin's picture
Jin
Grateful for satsuma oranges to be still in season and grateful to have the money to buy some! Had a good walk to work today listening to Oprah's podcast feature the Rock. Immediately when I walked out of the door, I saw someone in a wheelchair, and made me grateful for having the ability to walk and healthy and have youth on my side. Grateful for my coworker Veronica, when I told her today what my friend Laura told me "Las penas con pan son buenas"and she added that it would be even better with butter! LOL. Grateful for a smooth and short service, and I was able to head to the gym to run 3 miles right after! Grateful that the gym is not too far away and open late and I have the means to pay for the membership.
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cosmicmuffin
Uh oh. My computer's keyboard suddenly stopped working and I immediately started to worry about repairing it... paying for the repairs... oh dear oh dear. Then it crossed my mind to turn the keyboard over and see if it might run on batteries-- and sure enough, a couple of simple AAA batteries solved it all.
It made me happy to resolve a "technical" problem without having to ask for help. and it made me thoughtful about approaching my worries with a positive, investigative attitude. A scary difficulty that turns out to be not scary and not difficult is a lopsided kind of blessing.
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cflanna
My boss is the most supportive and caring person I know
He gave me flexibility with my hours so I could management my thyroid symptoms.
Jin's picture
Jin
Waking up feeling a bit down. I went to the cafe below my building to get some studying down and felt grateful it was not busy and it had orange juice Remembering what my friend Laura said, I went to get myself a loaf of bread.. After two break ups in the past 5 months, both happened at my apartment, I often feel sad inside my own apartment. I’m super glad there is a cafe downstairs I can utilize like an extension of my living room. I skipped gym today because I didn’t feel well and I’m giving myself permission to do that. I’m going to sleep after this so hopefully I can get up early to do that tomorrow. I also had a really good wine class today. Learned a lot and hope I can retain most of it. Grateful to have had the scholarship to continue my education. Might go on a date this Sunday. I feel grateful knowing there are people out there who don’t think my schedule is a dealbreaker.
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Catapan
A friend, recently bereaved himself, has loaned me his late wife’s sewing machine as he knew I needed one to sew some long seams in some household fabrics.
Although I haven’t, yet, set up the sewing machine I am already looking forward to using it and thereby solving quite a few soft furnishing problems that have been on the back burner in my life for too long.
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Catapan
An Invitation to join a residential singing course, in France, dropped out of my junk mail folder.
I had participated in a similar programme, run by the same tutor, just a couple of months before my late husband‘s cancer diagnosis. This invitation could be called coincidence, or synchronicity – whatever it is, I’m grateful for it turning up as I have already reserved my place on the programme. I am already looking forward to the event.
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Catapan
I joined friends for a days hillwalking, planned by one of the group.
This meant I was committed to joining the group, it gave me a reason to leave the House, take exercise, enjoy lively company and end up in a café together.
Jin's picture
Jin
Grateful for an easy and peaceful service tonight. Got ahead on some prep for my coworker even though I'm not a fan of him. I contacted my ex because I realized my favorite tote bags was still at his house. I was just gonna cut my losses, but something urged me to get it back, like wanting the last piece of me back from his sphere of influence. I biked to his house after work. He looked good and told me something he did last week. I tried to act 'normal' and cordial, but really wanted to just run away with my bag. I knew there was a possibility of regressing if I saw him during this bag retrieval. I told myself that unless he asked to get back together, I did not want to stick around for chitchat. I'm not ready, and not sure if I ever will. And you know what, that's ok. I found myself feeling sad after seeing him. I was between negative thoughts of "I want to be with him so bad!" to "Ok, he's not right for me, but I'm also NEVER gonna find someone again!" I'm grateful that my friend Laura offered to retrieve it for me and was there for me after the event. She again, told me exactly what I needed to hear if I could give advice to myself. So so grateful for her existence in my life. I'm also grateful for the guy I went on a distraction date with last week who texted me today to tell me that he met someone he's decided to exclusively date. I didn't feel too bad since I didn't feel that strongly about him, but SUPER impressed by his character. Not only did he seem like a genuine person when we met, but his text gave me also hope that there are still great, polite people out there. Instead of just ghosting me, he let me know. I didn't expect that at all. We didn't have the chemistry but I'm so happy for him! I found myself genuinely wishing him all the best. What a lucky girl! I'd like to continue with this journal without the pressure of a # of days goal, but just to do something healthy for my mind. I'm also setting a new personal goal of going to sleep before 2am. This was gonna be my new year's resolution but the break up really messed that up. I hope to give that another try starting tomorrow. The only reason I didn't accomplish this tonight is because I decided to restore my mental health by doing some late night chores. I put away my laundry, dis my dishes, cleaned the bathroom, the sharpened my knife. The last activity required a bit more time and caused me to go pass 2am. However, it was the activity that gave me to most peace. My old chef always said, sharp knife, sharp mind.
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Robalee
Today the pain had subsided a great deal and I could walk with ease.
I picked up my granddaughter this afternoon for the first time in a couple of weeks and we had a lovely time as she played with her toys and decorated her box.
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Purplerain
Beautiful sunny day today after soooo much rain. Went to my exercise class and got a metabolism boost for the rest of the day. Will drink 6 glasses of water today and .. working on getting 30000 steps in this week.
Grateful that I am physically able to do so many things in life and working on developing even more physical stamina.
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Cornell
My fiancé messaged me this morning with a wonderful text stating how much he loved me and how excited he is for our wedding coming up in 69 days.
HE made me feel this overwhelming sense of love and gratitude. It put a huge smile on my face and a warm feeling in my soul.
Jin's picture
Jin
Woot! 10th Day! This completes my 10-day challenge! It's been a super helpful and timely exercise in such a difficult time. Really want to thank everyone who sent over some positive vibes in these past 10 days. Friends, family, and strangers! No, I don't feel 100% myself nor fully recovered from the break up but I am still alive and good things are happening to me. That's all it matters. Today was just going to be an average day. When I got out of the house to go to work today, it was sunny! Made me happy. Work was alright until I spotted a regular with her new baby! Yoko and her husband are regulars at the restaurant I used to work at and are now regulars at my current restaurant! When I left my previous job 6 months ago, she told me she was pregnant, then I saw her once at my new restaurant when her baby bump was really showing. Today, baby was in a stroller! 8 weeks old! So happy for her and her growing family! Such lovely people! Then a few minutes later, an ex-coworker showed up and ate at my new restaurant! We chatted a bit! Ah, so nice to see a familiar face! These two encounters made my average day AMAZING! On my way back home, I walked by a building that smelled of fresh laundry. Sunday night delight! I feel lucky to have caught two ebikes today both to work and back home. Grateful for my cat's unconditional love.
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Robalee
Playing a game of Mexican Train in a non-competitive company.
I spent the evening laughing and in turn telling funny stories.
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Zivio
Happy that Myleva spied the lovely turtles sunning themselves on a log on this beautiful, almost spring-like winter day.
It's not often we see such a thing, and it made us smile.
Jin's picture
Jin
I had a pretty good day today. At home, I turned in my internship agreement for school and started my tax return! I listened to Oprah's Super Soul Conversations podcast on my way to work. The Amy Schumer episode was especially timely and relatable. Here are some nuggets I resonated with: "Give yourself the advice you give your friends. Love yourself like you're your own mother. You know? Like be kind to yourself." "I don't know if you were ever, like, the—well, I do know you were like this of the and I think a lot of us can identify with this. Like when you start liking someone, you have feelings, you are afraid of getting hurt, so you just don't—you want to just, like, either sabotage it right away or just know how it's gonna end right away. OPRAH: Right. Right. AMY: You know? Like we're used to some level of control. So what's gonna happen here? And so I was texting him early on, like I said. Well, I just hope you know I don't know if I want kids. So if that's something you're looking for, I don't know if that's gonna be me. And he said, he wrote right back. He said, I do want kids and I want them with you and when we have a family—this is when we were dating like three months at this point. And we'll have a beautiful family and I can't wait. OPRAH: What did you do? AMY: I know, right where—I was standing in my closet. I had to, like, hold the wall. I was, like, hold on a minute. Because you see yourself— OPRAH: Three months in. Three months is just— AMY: Three months in. Yeah. But it was easy right away. It makes—I feel like when you find the person— OPRAH: Yep. AMY: —that you want to be with, it's easy."
Made me feel like I had a productive day, both in the sense of adulting, doing paperwork and emotionally. Amy's story made me realize that I want to find someone like her husband and I haven't found him yet. Vincent was not the one I was looking for.
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Robalee
invitation to supper
warm fuzzy to be included
Jin's picture
Jin
I texted my friend Laura this morning. She made me realize that the kind of companionship I'm seeking and loneliness I'm experiencing had less to do with my ex, but just a significant other. My desire to have someone to come home to is not pathetic, but we are doing the next best thing which is taking care of ourselves. She reminded me things I already knew but forget to tell myself sometimes "I try not to dwell on what is lacking but focus on what I have". She shared her list of things she is grateful for and they're not so different than mine. If anything, I have more to be thankful for. Perhaps, battling loneliness is something I can work on day to day.
I feel extremely lucky to have a friend who is in a similar position as me. Professionally and in personal life. Not just that, she tells me things that I would often tell a friend in a similar position but not always able to recall to tell myself. She is truly my better half.
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Jin
Today was my dear coworker Jacob's last day. He invited me for sushi after work. He told me that he only invited people whom he thinks he will keep in contact with in the future. I felt very touched. We didn't immediately jive when we got put on the same station together but we wore each other down and we were able to be open with each other not only about work but also personal life. I looked forward to working with him because he always had a very positive attitude. He told me that I took a while to come out of my shell, but we're both glad that I eventually did. Right before my break up last week, Jacob told me that he's been living with a positive HIV diagnosis for a few years now and he lost his mother around the same time. This discovery stayed with me this past week while trying to recover from a break up and I feel inspired by his spirit and attitude toward life. In a time when I feel my heart have been shattered into a million pieces and possibly never finding love again, I remind myself of what Jacob has gone and is still going through everyday. Everything I'm suffering now seem not as a big deal. At sushi, I also met up with another ex coworker whom I have not seen in a while. We shared a ride home and glad we got to catch up. While I still feel sad going home alone and sleeping alone, I try to remind myself that everything else in my life is going well. I still feel optimistic about finding love despite having sparks of hope that my ex would change his mind all of the sudden. I hope the latter disappears with time.
Zivio- Thank you for the shout out! My friend Laura and I love reading your entries and they inspire us! She's a huge fan of your earlier entries regarding veggies/produce/nature.
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Zivio
Thankful for a long visit over breakfast with my dear nephew.
This connection is treasured ...