Aaron Engelsrud

Gratitude Journal - June 9, 2021 - Air Conditioning

Today, I am grateful for air conditioning. It’s been hot and seems like it’s going to continue bring hot. So, for a cool place to sleep thanks to air conditioning, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - June 8, 2021 - Loyalty

Today, I am grateful for loyalty. Loyalty is the combination of love and faithfulness in action. This is a quality often lacking in today’s society. When you find someone loyal, you know that is someone you want in your corner. Those who are willing to stick by you in good times and during challenging times are a rare find. For loyalty, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - June 7, 2021 - My Son David

Today, I am grateful for my son David. He turned 17 today and is becoming a fine young man. Watching him change from the fun little dude he once was to the responsible and confident adult he is becoming has been so much fun. I look forward to seeing where his life takes him, and I am forever thankful to be his father. For my son David, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - June 6, 2021 - Ice Cream

Today, I am grateful for ice cream. It was a hot day to day and, to celebrate the official start fo summer, we stopped at a small ice cream shoppe for a scoop of awesome ice cream. It really hit the spot. Such a nice treat on a hot summer day. For ice cream, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - June 5, 2021 - Having EMS Skills

Today, I am grateful that I have the skills and training necessary to know what to do in an emergency medical situation. I needed to put my skills to work today and, thank God, I was able to do what was needed. For my EMS skills and training, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - June 4, 2021 - Google Maps and GPS

Today, I am grateful for Google Maps and GPS. These two technology, in unison, get me pretty much everywhere I need to go - accurately and the fastest way possible. I have no idea how people got anywhere with paper maps shoved a glove box. For Google Maps and GPS, I am grateful - and at the proper location for baseball.

Gratitude Journal - June 3 2021 - The Dishwasher

Today, I am grateful for the automatic dishwasher. I love loading that thing up with filthy dishes, pressing the go button, and unloading clean and sanitized dishes. It saves so much time and effort and makes my daily routine so much easier. For the dishwasher, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - June 2, 2021 - Running

Today, I am grateful for running. I have picked up running again to get in better shape and drop a few stubborn pounds off my belly. This afternoon I went for a run for the first time in quite some time, and it felt great. I’ll admit, it was not easy and very taxing but rewarding once done. For running, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - June 1, 2021 - Protein Shakes

Today, I am grateful for protein shakes. Protein shakes allow me the ability to quickly and conveniently get extra protein in every day. The extra protein enables my lifting to be more productive and helps me feel better each day. I like chocolate the best, but you can find them in almost every flavor. For protein shakes, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 31, 2021 - Memorial Day

Today, I am grateful for memorial day and all the heros who paid the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. There have been so many lives lost in the prusit of freedom and each one is valuable and important. For all of our fallen heros, I am forever grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 30, 2021 - Long Weekends

Today, I am grateful for a log vacation weekend. While we don’t have big vacation plans, it’s still nice to know that I don’t need to get up tomorrow and get to work. Having an extra day off is super nice! For a long holiday weekend, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 29, 2021 - Evening Walks

Today, I am grateful for evening walks with my wife. Tonight was a beautiful evening and our walk was excellent. The combination of exercise and conversation make for a nice relaxing end to the day. For evening walks, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 28, 2021 - BBQ Ribs

Today, I am grateful for delicious BBQ Ribs. When prepared correctly, there is just nothing better than tender and sweet BBQ ribs. The tender meat, coupled with a delicious sweet and spicy BBQ sauce make them a special treat for dinner. For BBQ Ribs, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 26, 2021 - Eggs

Today, I am grateful for eggs. Eggs are a wonderful, protein packed, package of goodness. There are hundreds of different ways to prepare them, each one deleicious. They are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For eggs, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 26, 2021 - My Daily Routine

Today, I am grateful for my daily routine. My days, while busy and full of activity, are broadly similar from day to day. I work, hit the gym, eat something, work, run kids around, and usually finish the day with stretching. For my daily routine, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 25, 2021 - Laughter

Today, I am grateful for laughter. On days when things seem the most challenging and I’m finding it hard to keep a positive attitude, some simple laughter can make things a little more manageable. Laughter brightens everyone’s day. For laughter, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 24, 2021 - A Clean Backpack

Today, I am grateful that my backpack is clean. While I was working today, I took a little time and sorted out my backpack. I carry this bag pretty much everywhere I go and it tends to build up a lot of junk. Having it nice, neat, and a bit lighter is excellent. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 23, 2021 - Rhubarb

Today, I am grateful for rhubarb. Rhubarb is such a wonderfully versatile plant. Rhubarb can be used as an ingredient in pies, crisps, and other wonderful recipes. For rhubarb, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 22, 2021 - Old Pictures

Today, I am grateful for old pictures. This past week I celebrated my 48th birthday and I was able to revisit some old pictures from when I was young. It’s so fun to look at these pictures, remember the fun times we had, and see the faces of those long gone. For old pictures, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 21, 2021 - Being Able to Read

Today, I am grateful that I am able to read. Books open up whole new worlds and provide access to important information. WIthout being able to read all of this information would be locked away and unaccessable. For the ability to read, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 20, 2021 - Playoff Hockey

Today, I am grateful for NHL Playoff Hockey. Go Minnesota Wild! For playoff hockey, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 19, 2021 - Getting Things Done

Today, I am grateful for being able to check things off my to-do list consistently. Over the past year, I have developed consistency by using my checklist to ensure I get things done each day. I have lists for body, mind, and spirit, as well as work and other tasks. Each day I work my way through my critical tasks, get them accomplished, and move on to get more work completed. For getting things done, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 18, 2021 - To Be Alive

Today, my birthday, I am grateful to be alive. I spent the day with my family and had a wonderful day. I am 48 years old and, arguably, in the best shape of my life - at least the best shape I’ve been in 10 years. I feel stronger and better every day. Life is short, and I intend to savor every moment and not waste a single day. For being alive, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 17, 2021 - Intellectual Conversation

Today, I am grateful for stimulating intellectual conversation. I truly enjoy an opportunity to listen to intelligent people discuss deep and meaningful topics. Not every conversation needs to be an argument to be of interest. The most interesting discussions are not arguments but authentic conversations based on mutual respect. For intellectual conversation, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 16, 2021 - Ibuprofen

Today, I am grateful for Ibuprofen. Regardless of if you have a fever, a headache, or a sore back, Ibuprofen gives relief. Listed by the World Health Organization as one of its “essential medications,” Ibuprofen is used by millions worldwide. Today, I am grateful for Ibuprofen.