“A thankful person is a thankful person under all circumstances.”–Baha’u'llah (1817-1892)
This is the monthly download of my daily gratitude practice–everyday I try to post five things I am grateful for. Gratitude continues to alter my life in so many ways. I don’t expect anyone to read this list, but I hope you discover the power of gratitude.
Thank you for bubbles–cheap, but full of joy; the wonderful peace post by Grandmalin; living in a time of peace in America; all the food that was given to us over the holidays; the amazing edit Joanne Wadsworth did on my first chapter.
Thank you for youtube; Susan Boyle’s first audition that brought tears to my eyes; reality tv that reveals the spirit, talent, and lives of ordinary people; Freshly Pressed to highlight incredible blogs; time every morning to meditate.
Thank you for a full day with the family; my hilarious twitter friends–@1_Earth_United @SofiaSiberia @09Serenity; everyone who preaches peace; not having to share a bathroom with my entire family; Thich Nhat Hahn quotations.
Thank you for an understanding wife; Cheri Roberts showing me the social media ropes; a new year to soar; the time to see my son play basketball and do kung fu; my friends who stand beside me in good and bad.
Thank you for the patience to let life come to me; how my sons crunch chicken cartilage like it was candy; the freedom to pursue my creative pursuits; the change in patriarchy that is occurring around the world; a positive attitude.
Thank you for being able to take a Cultivating Compassion Training Course with my wife; all the wonderful people in the CCT course; my mom getting the boys to sleep by 9 pm tonight; cookies from Hawaiian relatives; a meeting that went unexpectedly well today.
Thank you for both my sons being good eaters; the abundance of food for my hungry sons; my cousin’s empathy and sound advice; Rarasaur’s post Rainbow Luck; how my 2 year old thanks me everyday for something I did for him–”Thank you for picking me up from school, Daddy.”
Thank you for how my older son watches over my younger son, especially concerning his peanut allergy; the man who almost hit us in the Costco parking lot for making me realize I still have anger issues; the film Hugo; the YMCA for providing safe and affordable activities for my kids; the beautiful sunshine we have been enjoying in January.
Thank you for my wife’s patience and support; two great play dates with the same family this weekend; my puffy-eyed son and his puffy-eyed friend who are redefining cute; acai juice; Yoko Ono and the song Imagine.
Thank you for early morning dance sessions with my wife and sons; spreading love through blog awards; disposable diapers; this beautiful condo to keep us warm when it is near freezing outside; hot tea from Teavana.
Thank you for lovingkindness meditation; the peace and quiet at 5 am; Chipotle salad; Grandmalin’s humor; the pause that refreshes.
Thank you for sleeping forehead to forehead all night with my soon-to-be 3 year old son; the beautiful warm weather in January; Norton de-bugging my wife’s computer; the radio; all the friends who will help celebrate my son’s birthday on Sunday.
Thank you for the wonderful birthday party for my 3 year old son; all the family and friends to help us celebrate; my brother for picking up the pizzas at Costco; all the generous gifts Fox received; my wife for being a great hostess.
Thank you for my wife finally having a day off; all my BBFs (Blogging Best Friends); a wonderful weekend full of activities; Martin Luther King’s wisdom and guidance; computer back ups.
Thank you for all the gardeners and street cleaners who keep our neighborhood beautiful; all the janitors who clean our schools and buildings; brillo pads and non-stick pans; garbage disposals; breakfast burritos.
Thank you for peace, harmony, laughter, and love; my 3 year old choosing to do his business on the toilet; m&ms to bribe my 3 year old; all the wonderful opportunities to learn in our area; Stanford University courses.
Thank you for the self-confidence my 5 year old son is developing; self-compassion meditation; my wife’s laughter; blog post that tell me exactly what I need to hear; church.
Thank you for sleeping in the living room with my sons; Gina’s amazing post on peace and gratitude; Maddy’s video in the comments of my latest post; the insightful talk I had with the Reverend today; a weekend full of smiles and laughter.
Thank you for the quality time I got to spend with my wife on her day off; tacos; the new Mac I ordered today; keeping a positive attitude the whole day; the new followers I got from guest blogging at Rarasaur.
Thank you for all the freedoms we enjoy every day; all my friends who have stood by me; the ability to email our doctors about our children; Abraham Lincoln; twitter–I never thought I’d say that.
Thank you for all the Bloggers for Peace who are growing the movement; Maddy for introducing me to the incredible guitar player Kazuhito Yamashita; all the dogs we got to pet this week; the 5 Tibetan Rites; Rumi.