Day #365: A Year of Gratitude

I am grateful for each and every one of you. You’ve read my musings throughout this year and you’ve offered kind responses. You add depth and texture to my life. I hope this year has reminded you of all you have to be grateful for, even when it feels like a reach. When I began, I didn’t know if I could find 365 reasons to be grateful. This year has taught me that gratitude is always there … looking for reasons is a good habit.

I’m going to close the way I began a year ago, with Tom Lieberman singing his song, “Common Denominator,” the theme song of my life. http://bit.ly/2pWVuJC

Don’t fracture the fraction of the factitious faction.
Illuminate the nuances too numerous to name.
Do not neglect the power of the peaceful action,
Because when you run the numbers we are more or less the same.

You be you, I’ll be me, that’s the way it’s got to be.
What’s the difference of opinion in a minyan or a mosque?
We each have a point of view and perhaps each one is true,
Me and you make quite some pair, we two, a Bartlett and a Bosc.

Gotta find that common demoninator, whole world ’round,
Gotta find that common denominator, find the common ground,
Gotta find that common denominator, yours and mine,
gotta find that common denominator, that’s the bottom line.

There’s more … please listen. Tom’s a brilliant lyricist.

Day #304: Stillwater Public Library

If you follow this column, you know that I sometimes share a quote from the Quote Collector at the Stillwater Public Library in Stillwater, MN. The combination of photos and words, which often seem to be just what I need for that day, are a blessing. I’m grateful for those moments to stand outside myself and consider the universe of ideas.

Three people staring at a star-filled night sky
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” {Thornton Wilder}

Day #125: Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude

As part of my self-decided “gratitude therapy,” we are now meditating with Oprah & Deepak by “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude.” It’s a free, 21-day meditation that takes 20 minutes per day. (It began Monday, March 25th, and you need to start within 5 days to listen to each episode before it disappears.) We’ve already done two of these 21-day programs, “Perfect Health” and “Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body, and Spirit” and found them transformative. I am positive O&D knew that a meditation series on gratitude would be helpful to me right about now.  Helpful for you, too, maybe?

Oprah & Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience

Day #79: Color and Optimism

I made this commitment to write daily about something for which I’m grateful because I felt A NEED FOR OPTIMISM. Realizing that I have more than four things things to write about is … gratifying. After searching the term “need for optimism” the results are intriguing. Many good articles to read.

One of the most surprising was an announcement of the Pantone Color of the Year, something I follow as a graphic designer. This year it’s “Living Coral.”Pantone reports that the color was chosen because of our “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits.” Laurie Pressman of the Pantone Color Institute explained, “We see the environment taking on an even greater role in the world we live in today for two primary reasons, one being how connected we are to technology. Because we are so connected to something that’s not real, we really need to find that balance closely and intimately with something that is real and you don’t get more real than nature.” For me, this is a three-fer: optimism, color, and honoring our environment.

Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral 16-1546

Day #47: Note to Self

practice gratitude

It may seem a bit circuitous, but I’m grateful for this Gratitude Journal. On Day 47, as I anticipate another 318 days of making a selection, I stepped back to consider. I began this effort for many reasons, but one of the most important was a daily intention for being positive in a discouraging world. In my usual fashion, I began to figure out how I could be more efficient, preparing a week’s worth of entries, gathering my visuals, and … (calming breath). I realized that the point is not production but a daily reminder, a daily opportunity to write, a daily reason to interact with friends and family. I am grateful that you’re taking this journey with me.