Everyday Thanksgiving

“No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, the magic of gratitude will change your entire life.”–Rhonda Byrne

I recently did all the exercises in Rhonda Byrne’s book The Magic, including writing down ten things to be thankful for everyday for 28 days and reading the entire list everyday. By the 28th day the list had 280 sentences and took about 25 minutes to read out loud. This exercise changed my perspective, my thoughts, and my life. After I finished the 28th day, I was relieved and saddened that the 25 minute daily ritual was over.

I knew I should continue the practice, but it seemed like a lot of work. Then I stumbled upon iRuniBreathe’s blog. She listed 5 things to be grateful for on the sidebar of her blog everyday, archived the list daily, and posted them at the end of the month. Truth be told iRuniBreathe got the idea from Writing Ruth.

This is my archive that I will post at the end of the month. Note that some of the things I am grateful for have not happened yet, but I am creating the reality of them happening through gratitude.


April 2014

Thank you for spiritual teachings on the internet; The Hunt; Trader Joe’s sausage; learning to act my age; giving up competing with younger guys in sports.

Thank you for an editor at a major online publication describing my article as “gorgeous”; Oliver reflecting to me how my compliments prevent interviewees from going deeper; the power of myth; Krishnamurti’s perspective on violence as any form of separation from others; Tera’s nickname “Kozy Kozo.”

Thank you for fresh blueberries, granola, and yogurt; downtown Los Altos on a sunny day; Truth is Love/Love is Truth;

Thank you for the article I wrote getting 5,000 likes on Facebook; an amazing conversation with Dr. Dan Siegel; Happy Feet massage for $20/hour; Jett scoring a goal from half field; all the interactions at the Stanford Compassion Consortium.

Thank you for Stanford catering; new ideas about running a business that is environmentally conscious; being happy at home; not craving for anything new; restaurants with outdoor patios that can handle 8 kids under the age of 7.

Thank you for letting go of socially conditioned definitions of success; reinforcement of the importance of compassion; showering with my son; giving others the freedom to think whatever they want about me; recognizing when I am separating myself from the greater good.

Thank you for alternative medicine; ice cream socials at Jett’s school; Mindset by Carol Dweck; abiding in uncertainty; slow growth.

Thank you for cooking bacon splatter-free in the oven; my wife being home more often; Fox’s love of touch; acting my age; mp3 downloads.

Thank you for books on cd; library holds; the connection between compassion and uncertainty; The Gratitude Summit; learning compassion from critical comments.

Thank you for my parents letting us use the Tahoe cabin; premade meals at Raley’s; Fox and Jett looking out the window quietly for the last hour of our road trip; full action soccer games adjacent to our under 7 league; new ideas for compassionate men articles.

Thank you for playing classic board games like Risk and Monopoly with Jett and Fox; coyotes crossing our path on our hike; Fox saying, “Look, sheep,” when he saw the coyotes; wolf prints in the snow; all the plants and grass that are springing back to life as the snow melts.

Thank you for small, non-chain eateries; train tracks; throwing rocks in the snow; butt prints in the snow; family hikes in the woods.

Thank you for the animated films of Miyazaki; family photos that never change; Fox and Jett remembering their Great Grandmother; mourning my Hawaiian Grandfather; Fred Luskin’s work on forgiveness.

Thank you for the bigger picture of what will we leave our children; realizing that trees and clean air are more important than being able to afford a college education; sleeping bags; croutons; high fives.


17 comments on “Everyday Thanksgiving

  1. RuthRuth says:

    Hi Kozo, Wow…I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see more bloggers practicing daily intentional gratitude along with me. Today, I’m grateful for you & iRun. Happy Thanksgiving, everyday. :)

    • Kozo says:

      Thanks for starting the trend, Ruth. Let’s see if we can get a WordPress gratitude template that has the box installed in the design. Also, thanks for the great self-introspection on feminism.

  2. [...] led me to my Attitude of Gratitude, which has spilled over to other bloggers: Kozo’s Everyday Thanksgiving and GiRRL_Earth’s G is for Gratitude [...]

  3. eof737 says:

    TY for your generous spirit… it shines through. :-)

  4. Beautiful!!! So happy I found your path this day!

  5. prayingforoneday says:

    Please accept this award
    “SunShine Award”


  6. { “No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, the magic of gratitude will change your entire life.”–Rhonda Byrne } beautiful quote and post :) http://www.cupcakesandiamonds.wordpress.com

  7. cindy knoke says:

    I was reading your post on expressing thankfulness by bowing and was writing a comment and preparing to send it to my friend Junko, when I finger-burped on my new lap top, and lost the post. Now I can’t find it….drat all! I love this post!
    Your blog is wonderful Kozo and quite inspiring.
    The photo of your son on the potty is adorable!! Be forewarned, when he is about 12-14 years old, he is going to be mightily incensed if he find out that you posted this! That’s a bunch of years away yet though, so no worries. It probably will off in the infinity of the blogspace by then!!
    Besides it was for a good cause……. :)

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Holy cow, Cindy. I went to go look for that post, and I just realized how many posts I have up here. I couldn’t find it. Guess I’ve been blogging for longer than I can remember.

      Thanks for reading old posts. I am sure that by the time my son gets 12 he will have plenty of reasons to be incensed with me. haha. {{{hugs]}} Kozo

  8. […] dedication and gratitude to Kozo of EverydayGurus, who always points out that every body is an everyday guru. With peace, […]

  9. […] dedication and gratitude to Kozo of EverydayGurus, who always points out that every body is an everyday guru. With peace, […]

  10. *GRATITUDE & Thankfulness* is always with me each Day! As a woman in Recovery for almost 7 years, they BOTH play a part in having a well balanced recovery. Many don’t see that my Higher Power, (God) still performs *MIRACLES*, I’m one of his living miracles! From where I was in addiction, to who I’ve become in HIS GRACE, is truly a miracle! Loved your Powerful Message here today….Hugs & Blessings, Catherine :-)

  11. Smiling here because just now I was searching for an image to use for Facebook cover… with veterans day Monday (no student at school for this teacher too!) I thought I would theme it around Lennon’s “Imagine” lyrics – lots of cool surfing from that original Google search led me to Pinterest which in turn led me to B4Peace page at which point I hollered “SANCTUARY” due to immediate kindred mood that pervaded my being…soothed my spirit. So thanks for that… as a teacher and a late baby boomer/flower-child generation hippie-chick sort (b. 1960), I live and forever seek peace and old school grooviness! Of course I am also driven to “pass it on” to my students and younger peers who seem to be so uptight from the demands (or lack thereof) of society today! They seem so shut off from interaction, communication, et al…preferring to text, Google and email alone in the real world, with their public/social/circle of friends joining them almost exclusively in a virtual world! But I will save that soap box f(social skills, writing and reading skills, blah, blah, blah) for another day !!! Needless to say I am thrilled to have landed here and have to share a quote that caught my eye on the way here…especially pertinent to “the down times” referenced in above posts…. it read as follows, like dialogue –

    ME: “Wow, I think I actually feel happy today!” LIFE: “LOL, Hang On!!!”

    But isn’t that just Life… if it was supposed to be all rainbows and fairy tales, why would there be a Heaven when it’s done? Just gotta keep on truckin’ man! Thanks for making my journey a bit more groovy… and now peace with a purpose!! Cool.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Yay, Stephanie. Welcome aboard. Love teachers and hippies. Love the quote, but love this quotation more “if it was supposed to be all rainbows and fairy tales, why would there be a Heaven when it’s done?”
      {{{Hugs}}} kozo

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