For the past several years, I’ve tried to keep a regular gratitude journal.  Some days, negative thinking and bad moods start spinning a web around my mind, making it difficult to appreciate my life and all of its richness.  Simply reflecting on what I am thankful for at the end of the day helps to sweep that web away, enabling me to reconnect with what is truly important.  I go through spurts where I’m very active with my gratitude journal, but more often than not I’ll open it and find a two or three-month drought since my last entry.  With that in mind, I’ve decided to use Sundays on the blog to post ten random things I am grateful for from the preceding week.  In addition, I’ll throw in a few quotes about gratitude from greater minds than my own.

Quotes on Gratitude:

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer”Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”Alphonse Karr

Gratitude List for the week ending February 28th

  1. Blocks of uninterrupted hours to write
  2. New friendships made from the SCBWI conference
  3. Being with my stepmother on her birthday
  4. The sun is shining in Michigan this morning
  5. Phil, for taking care of the kids this weekend
  6. The indie bookstore in my hometown
  7. A long chat on the phone with an old friend from high school
  8. A friend who complimented my writing and provided much-needed reassurance
  9. The deer that kept vigil through the window during my treadmill run yesterday
  10. My kids sharing their enthusiasm for a weekend hike taken with their dad and their dog

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. What a fantastic idea, Julie. Sometimes the negative aspects of life seem to weigh too heavily against the positive – but things happen every day that we should be thankful for. Me? I’m really grateful I managed to drag on my thermals and wellies, and go out in the cold and rain for a walk by the riverbank. Chancing upon a family of otters was a once in a lifetime gift – and even though the photos are really fuzzy, they will remain in my camera forever. Maybe even the children will appreciate the experience eventually! Otters are now a rare and protected species here in the UK, and hardly ever spotted – I’m still smiling now!

  2. Thanks for this great reminder Julie! And such a beautifully written intro to Gratitude Sundays. Today I am especially grateful for the warmth and light of the sun.

  3. Thanks for sharing you guys. Isn’t it great how nature gives us so much to be grateful for? Lara, I read your story earlier and I’m so jealous! Seeing otters in the wild must have been such a thrill. They are such amazing animals!

    Also, I’ll add one more thing that I’m thankful for. A peaceful conclusion to yet another fabulous Winter Olympic Games. I’m already looking forward to 2014.

  4. I really love Eckhartt Tolle’s books. Really thought provoking and profound stuff!

  5. What a wonderful idea! I’m inspired, Julie!

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