Gratitude Day 1

OK, reading the title, this may not be “super” but I think it will be fun and interesting.

gratitude project, Jonathan Hilton
Reading is, in fact, very cool. If you can’t read, it is hard to grow.

Being grateful is an important part of any person’s life. If you lack gratitude then you are going to be finding lack in a lot of areas in your life.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”   ― Marcel Proust

Yesterday I was reading about a project for really showing your gratitude and sharing it with others, so I decided to start my own little gratitude project and encourage anyone else who would like to share their gratitude to play along.   As with all projects there has to be a beginning and an end and some rules.  In my case this is a 31 day challenge, mostly because my favorite number is 4 and 3+1=4.  I will have to take a picture every day that shows something that I am grateful for and explain exactly why that is.  Simple right.  My hope is to expand my own awareness of what I am grateful for each and every day

I am Grateful for My Kindle and Notebooks

Jonathan Hilton Kindle and Notebook
My simple Kindle and current notebook.

This was the easiest place for me to start with gratitude because there is much of myself in both these objects.  It was about three years ago that I started to seek answers for how exactly life works.

I was wondering things like:

Why are we here?

What is the meaning of life?

Can I contribute something to the world?

Is there a God and does he have any interest in my life?  

Simple little questions like that.  Unfortunately I don’t know anyone who is smart enough to answer all of these questions, so I set out on a mission to hear what others have written about these things.

As with any journey it started with one book, which led to another and another.   So many great thoughts.  Mind blowing, life altering thoughts.   Things I had not only never knew but never even conceived of were becoming a part of me.

questions on gratitude picture project
Clearly I had lots of questions. Seems like I need a good illustrator.

In order to keep track of these thoughts and ideas, I needed a notebook.  My constant companion that reminds me of yesterday’s breakthroughs, and gives me a focus for today’s writing and direction.

The notebook you are looking at is probably my 6th or 7th.  I am not sure because after I finished one, I took the important points out of it, and destroyed the book.  Seems a bit silly but I didn’t want to slow a progression by looking too far in the past.  There were profound thoughts I had two years ago or even yesterday which were important to take a step, but then after the step was achieved they became as relevant to me as stairs I climbed when I was a child.

So I am eternally grateful for getting a Kindle, because it allowed me to read a lot of books in a short amount of time and expose myself to many different thoughts and philosophies that have changed my perception of the world, the people in it and life in general.

gratitude picture project
I am grateful for you!

This is my fifth Kindle because I seem to destroy them pretty well.  I also read on my phone a lot and my computer as well, but the journey all started on a Kindle and I will be forever grateful for that.  So today I am grateful for all of the thoughts and ideas I was exposed to and the knowledge and wisdom they have given me. 

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson


4 thoughts on “Gratitude Day 1”

    1. You should, when I get away from thinking about true gratitude then I tend to have more problems getting through the day. I am grateful for your visit and comment Alarna!! 🙂 I truly am!!

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