Well, we’ve made it two months into this journey. There’s ten more months to get through, but so far, I think I’m doing okay. I’ve been a bit slow in the process, and for that I apologize. My family tested positive for Covid. We were down sick with that, then recovering was slow for me especially. Add into all that the holidays, still under the weather, and of course family stuff.

As for this process, it hasn’t been hard to be grateful. The trick has been how to put into words just what is in my mind, heart, and soul. So far, the people I’ve talked about play a huge part in my every day life.

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Each person referenced so far is a part of my every day life to some degree. They’re worth and value in my life is utterly priceless. I think that by making a public statement so-to-speak about how grateful I am for these people, places, items, it makes me more accountable. Not that I don’t tell people how grateful I am for their presence, or appreciate gifts, or even appreciate where I live. I think the thing is making it clear to the proper individuals.

I done did’er

Yep, calling on some of my hillbilly roots for a moment with that heading. Two months worth of posts doesn’t seem like a lot since I currently only post once a week. However, I have put a lot of thought into each post, each word, and each topic. I’ll admit, some of it has been a little slow because of when I had covid and the recovery since, but I’m determined to keep going.

When I came across this list of topics to range over 52 weeks, I initially thought it wouldn’t be difficult. I appreciate my close friends and family, and I try to tell them… So talking about gratitude shouldn’t be difficult, right?

Wrong.

It isn’t so much showing gratitude, or even telling these people and displaying it in my every day life. The thing has been to write it here. Like, “LOOKIE WHAT I DID!” kind of feeling.

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Gratitude, not recognition

This thought has been another big struggle for me. I wanted to do this series on gratitude. A list of topics to call me to task on what I’m grateful for seemed great. On the other hand, I didn’t want to do it for the ‘attaboy’ that can sometimes come with information and posts like this.

I didn’t want to write about Heather for her to say something to me in return. The simple thing is that I wanted to tell the world just how damn important she is to me. I wanted the world to know that this woman means more to me than coffee. With Jasper, while he reacted in a comment, it was my way of saying to the world, “This guy, he’s pretty awesome, has an amazing vision, and he makes me proud of what he’s doing.”

With Nat and Mara, those are my girls. Those two are like cheerleaders for me, and I appreciate all they do. I tell them on the regular, but I wanted the world to know just how great these girls are, and how big their hearts are. Well, to me their hearts are huge. They let me into their worlds and love me for who I am and all my craziness.

Tspoon and Greene… these two men deserve sainthood for putting up with me some days, most days… ALL days. Both of these men are intelligent, caring, witty, and patient. They deserve recognition for a million things, I don’t deserve it just because I’m grateful for them.

These people are my support. I feel safe, secure, loved, and cherished in the presence of each. I wanted to do them justice by acknowledging that, but I worry that through the process of gratitude there is recognition to me for saying it. The recognition should go to these individuals because of who they are to me, what they do, and how much they mean to me.

Challenge

This week, the challenge is to think about how you’ve done so far. How has your gratitude journey gone? Are you happy with the results so far? Is there anything you would like to do different on the rest of this gratitude journey that we’re on together? Are there results you’re looking forward to, or even not wanting?

As always, we would love to hear from you. If there is something you’d like to tell us, share with us, or even ask; please feel free to comment below or you can contact us. Own your journey, and we will catch you on the flip side.

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