An attitude of gratitude

There are times when I find myself so stressed by the sheer number of duties on my to-do list that I must stop and make a conscious note of all the blessings in my life. Sometimes it’s hard and I am grumpy, so all I can come up with right then is something like “I am thankful my family is healthy.” While that is no small thing (a healthy family), in the heat of frustration or stress, it is a simple enough task to show gratitude for the life I have. One deep breath, one silent prayer of thanks, and on I go – perhaps my load has not been lightened, but my attitude has improved.  I am grateful for my healthy family.  I am grateful that I have running water, heat, a home in which to live.  I am grateful for the friends and family who make my life full and rich.  I am grateful for the ability to have a job I love.  I am grateful for this beautiful world in which we live and that I have been able to travel to so very much of it.  I am grateful for books.  I am grateful for pumpkins and chocolate and peppermint and other tasty treats.  I am grateful for health insurance.  I am grateful that I live in a place as beautiful as the Pacific Northwest.  I am grateful that I come from a place with a rich and wonderful cultural heritage and that I can visit home and see family and friends.  I am so grateful to have students who enrich my life.

What are you grateful for? As we head into the Season of Giving, stop for a minute to take note of that for which you are thankful. For this blog, I’d like you to make a list of 10 things, people, acts, etc. that you are thankful. But I encourage you to keep a Gratitude Journal – something in which you write down daily at least 5 things you’re grateful for. It’s amazing how much more beautiful and healthy our lives become when we truly stop to be grateful.

Due Friday 11/28


23 comments on “An attitude of gratitude

  1. Rachel says:

    I am grateful for:

    — The ability to smell, taste, hear, see, and feel
    — My loving family
    — My friends that are there for me no matter what
    — The education I have
    — The beautiful waters, mountains, and forests of Washington State
    — food!
    — sunsets
    — new starts
    — sleep
    — heat

  2. Jordan says:

    I am grateful for my family, friends, animals, hedgehogs, my home, education, technology, food, clothing, and coffee.

  3. makenzie wanchena says:

    I am Grateful for:
    2)my family and siblings
    4)humor and jokes
    5)to sleep in a comfy bed

  4. David Herman says:

    1. Music
    2. Film
    3. Art
    4. Family
    5. Friends
    6. My health
    7. Novels
    8. My education
    9. Where I live
    10. Talents

  5. Jake Ryerson says:

    I am grateful for:
    5-My house
    8-My truck

  6. jkbetti says:

    I am grateful for:
    -my dog Maddie
    -my doctors
    -my bestifar (grandpa)
    -art (doodling)
    -punching bags (living or not)
    -travel (road trips)
    -Cartoon Hangover

  7. Nils Gollersrud says:

    I am thankful for:

    1. My best friend Evan
    2. My other friends
    3. Music
    4. The Internet
    5. The Film Industry (for the most part)
    6. My Family
    7. The Kennedy Band
    8. My teachers
    9. Sleep
    10. Food

  8. Andy Wang says:

    I am grateful for:
    1. My family
    2. The opportunity to come to the US
    3. My friends.
    4. Basketball and badminton
    5. My host family
    6. Teachers
    7. My country
    8. My computer
    9. Technology
    10. Healthy body

  9. Miranda Warner says:

    I am thankful for many things. Ten of those are: family, friends, dogs, the ability to feel love, coffee, crawfish, a place to call home, my car, my phone, and music!

  10. I am most grateful for:
    1. My supporting parents
    2. My sister
    3. great education
    4. America
    5. freedom
    6. The oprotunity to travel
    7. amazing food
    8. God’s creation
    9. My relatives
    10. My friends

  11. andrea z says:

    I am grateful for:
    1. my family
    2. friends
    3. school
    4. my home
    5. good health
    6. transportation
    7. community
    8. food
    9. safety
    10. music

  12. Daniel Lee says:

    8.South Korea

  13. Brooke Fornerette says:

    I am grateful for:
    1. A healthy mother who has always been there for me
    2. Music
    3. That my parents can afford for me to go to private school
    4. A home
    5. Funny people
    6. The wonderful people in my life
    7. My family
    8. Being able to travel
    9. My friends
    10. Happiness

  14. John Pham says:

    I am grateful for:
    1. Me
    2. Life
    3. Freedom
    4. Music
    5. Technology
    6. Food
    7. Origami
    8. Community
    9. Clothes
    10. Friends

  15. Alex Sheardown says:

    I am grateful for:
    1. A warm bed
    2. Never being hungry
    3. My parents
    4. My computer
    5. My fantastic grades
    6. A chance to grow up to be successful
    7. My friends
    8. My girlfriend
    9. Finishing Nanowrimo
    10. My good health

  16. Tina yuan says:

    1. my family
    2. my future
    3. my body health and family’s health best friends
    5. my host family anf their cats
    6.apply for school
    7. Weight loss success
    8.Chinese food
    9.always good lucky

  17. Tammy Pham says:

    I am greatful for
    1. My family
    2. My mom
    3. Food
    4. Health
    5. Education that I have
    6. Go to america
    7. Clothes
    8. Electronic
    9. Dogs
    10. Friends

  18. AC says:

    1. Family
    2. Friends
    3. Education
    4. Heat
    5. Cat
    6. God
    7. Health
    8. Grace
    9. Music
    10. Books

  19. Christian Bell says:

    I am grateful for my best friends, my family, my church, my teachers, my clothes, my house, my school, my god, my intelligence and my will not to give up.

  20. dinhlinh44 says:

    What I am grateful for;
    1. My brother, Tan-Brian
    2. My family
    3. The Kennedy Band
    4. Music
    4 1/2. Friends
    5. An education
    6. My house
    7. Anime (Specifically, Sword Art Online (no, it’s not a game))
    7 3/4. Food
    8. Pho (Vietnamese Noodle Soup)
    9. Sleep
    9 1/5. My teachers (including Mrs. Parker-Haas)
    10. My brain
    10 1/3. My health
    10 2/3. Books (especially manga)
    10.99999999. Art

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