Gratitude Quiz

I stood at the sink washing dishes. I was lucky to be there. My youngest son was dancing with a neighborhood friend and my oldest son was building a fort. My wife was out grocery shopping and I was cleaning up the kitchen. I was just happy to be in this moment. It took me so long to get here ...

How to Build a Gratitude Habit with Your Kids

They were tired. They were hungry. They wanted to sit down. We had a busy day and we were just trying to get back to the car, but my two boys wanted to drag out the process and whine the whole way. I snapped, “Look around. This zoo is beautiful. If you’re complaining, you aren’t enjoying!” This made my oldest ...

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The Best Ways to Start and Stick with a Gratitude Journal

I’m waiting for a price check on strawberries. Doesn’t the checkout girl know how much strawberries cost? I yell in my own head. Standing in the slow check out lane sucks the life out of me. I try my hardest to be grateful, but I can’t seem to find the right perspective today. I just want to be heading out ...

Rainy Day Smile

Ho Hum

This is a story from the book Bring Gratitude. I wanted to share it because I feel like I'm having deja vu today. I wanted to turn my sour mood around and this is a perfect story to share with you. It was a bleak day. Rainy. Regular. Everything felt ho hum. Very normal. The travel bug grabbed me and ...

Spreading Ashes

With my wife, my mom, and my brother, I headed into the woods behind my childhood home. We were there to spread my father’s ashes. My father’s death changed me. I lost a best friend and my number one supporter. He believed I could be a great writer when everyone else rolled their eyes at me. I will always remember ...

Gurgling

My stomach gurgled after dinner. I felt a bit queasy, but I didn’t feel like throwing up. I wasn’t sure what to do. I felt like I needed a quick fix. I didn’t feel like eating, lying down, or doing something active. I’ve dealt with stomach issues all my life. A few years ago, I gave up ice cream, followed ...

Red Light in Traffic

Small Deaths

I heard a loud honk. I snapped out of it and looked up to see that the light was green. I pressed on the pedal to zoom through the intersection. I didn’t know how long the light had been green. I’d been out of it since my father passed. I’d never mourned at this level before. Processing my father’s death ...

Grasping for Perfect

I dropped my son off at school and headed to an offsite meeting. As I pulled out of the school parking lot, I tried to merge into a turn lane. The driver there wouldn’t let me in. A minute later, my phone GPS app crashed. I threw my hands in the air. “Oh my God, I can’t catch a break! ...

Lightning Shot

I stood up, and lightning shot through my back and down my left leg. I had to sit back down. The pain was like a thousand little needles. I had been sitting for too long. I knew keeping my blood flowing to my muscles was very important. But sometimes I got too caught up in my work and forgot, and ...

15 Rules for a Memorable Thanksgiving Toast

A few years ago I tried to give a short toast before a Thanksgiving meal and it bombed. I talked about things my family didn't care about. I started venting about my flailing career and it got a little awkward. Nothing wrong with complaining a little bit, but during a Thanksgiving toast is not a good time. I vowed never ...