Monday, June 15, 2009

Gratitude Journal

Gratitude is our most direct line to God and the angels. If we take the time, no matter how crazy and troubled we feel, we can find something to be thankful for. --Terry Lynn Taylor

Welcome to a new regular feature of Questioning my Intelligence: Gratitude Journal. Real Simple magazine ran an article a few months back about keeping a gratitude journal as a way of maintaining a healthy perspective in tough times. These are crazy and troubled times, and negativity seems to be infecting the world.

One antidote to negativity is gratitude, so I’m going to write a weekly dose of gratitude. These "attitude of gratitude" posts may take the form of a list of things I’m grateful for, a poem, a picture, a quotation, an image…whatever feels right to me in the moment. Gratitude Journal entries will go up each Monday simply because Mondays are so maligned. Let’s turn Manic Mondays into Marvelous Mondays.

Lord above, could I sound more Pollyanna-ish? Please don't answer that.

I cordially invite you to join me. Post your own weekly Gratitude Journal in the comments here, or if you prefer a more private approach, keep a journal on your nightstand...whatever feels right to you.

Gratitude Journal #1

I’m grateful that twenty-three years ago yesterday, George and I were married in St. Paul United Methodist Church. We were young and stupid and na├»ve. But we were also in love and stubborn and determined, and we made it work.

What are you grateful for today?


  1. It's funny how timely your posts are for me sometimes....

    We have a family member who was in a pretty bad situation over the weekend. This person helped me years ago and now I was in a position to help them. I was grateful for that opportunity.

    Your pictures are very sweet, you're a cute couple!

  2. These are sweet photos!

  3. Damn, that is one good lookin' man you married!!! heheheheh.....

  4. Gratitude - hmmmm....
    Grateful that my husband and daughter are healthy....that hubby and I still have our jobs even after all the friends and family we know who are out of work....grateful for the two good friends I have who listen, advise and yes, sometimes bring me down a peg or two when I am out of bounds....grateful for every day I wake up on this side of the dirt. Thanks for the chance to appreciate it.

  5. What a great idea for a regular feature! And what wonderful photos! Somebody said that you can't be unhappy and grateful at the same time. I, too, am immensely grateful for my husband! I'm much older than you and have been married for 33 years.

  6. I am grateful that I was insane enough to have 4 children. I did not think about how much it would cost to raise them, how many butts I would have to wipe over the years, or how many questions they would ask, or problems I would have to solve. I just wanted them - to love them truly -madly-deeply. I am grateful for the insane moment that I chose each one of them because of the joy they are today in my life- individually and collectively.


Thanks so much for taking time to comment!