Aaron Engelsrud

Gratitude Journal - May 15, 2021 - Yard Work

Today, I am grateful for yard work. I spent the day outside today, sweating, working, and making my yard look awesome. It was a lot of work, but looking out at my well maintained yard now makes me feel proud. For yard work, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 14, 2021 - The Farmers Market

Today, I am grateful for the farmer’s market. Farmer’s markets are essential and valuable for so many reasons:

  1. They allow farmers to bring their produce and goods directly to the consumer. By doing so, they can lower prices and increase profits.
  2. They allow for a more diverse set of goods because multiple vendors are all selling different things.
  3. The quality is usually top-notch.

For the farmer’s market, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 13, 2021 - Important Work

Today, I am grateful that I get to go to work every day and do impactful, meaningful work that helps others achieve more in their lives. Many people are very pessimistic about higher education, but education can and does change lives. Education changes the lives of those who can attain higher levels of education and the lives of those who benefit from their expertise. For my work, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 12, 2021 - My Son

Today, I am grateful for my oldest son Alex. It’s his 20th birthday today! As I get older I find that time goes by more and more quickly, it seems impossible that it’s been 20 years since we brought him home from the hospital. He has grown into an amazing young man. Smart, happy, and full of life. I could not be more proud of the man he is becoming. For my son Alex, I am forever grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 11, 2021 - Banana Bread

Today, I am grateful for my wife’s delicious homemade banana bread. Whenever we have leftover bananas, my wife bakes a loaf of banana bread. Sometimes she adds chocolate chips, sometimes blueberries. No matter how it’s made, it’s delicious. For tasty, mouth-watering, sweet banana bread, I am thankful.

Gratitude Journal - May 10, 2021 - My Childhood

Today, I am grateful for my childhood. I grew up in the ‘70s and ‘80s in a smallish town in south-central Minnesota. I played outside every day all summer long and was typically gone from after breakfast to before dinner. Just out, running around, playing, having fun. The streets were quiet, the neighborhood was full of other kids, and we always had a game going. I remember riding my big wheel up and down the sidewalk for hours. We weren’t rich, but we never felt poor. For my childhood, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 9, 2021 - Mom

Today, I am grateful for my mom. She is, without a doubt, the most thoughtful, caring and loving person I know. She always makes sure her kids and grandkids know just how much they are loved and she works to make every Christmas and Birthday as special as possible. For my Mom, I am grateful and blessed.

Gratitude Journal - May 8, 2021 - Minnesota State Parks

Today, I am grateful for Minnesota State Parks. There are 75 state parks spread out throughout the state of Minnesota. Each has a unique personality with a variety of features and activities to explore. I’ve visited many (but not all) of Minnesota’s state parks, and each one has been fun, entertaining, and different. For Minnesota state parks, I am grateful.

More information on all 75 of Minnesota’s State Parks can be found HERE

Gratitude Journal - May 7, 2021 - Poetry

Today, I am grateful for poetry. Honestly, I don’t read poetry as much or as often as I should. However when I do, I find that every emotion can be found. Wisdom, support, anguish, love, laughter, sadness, pain, happiness, and faith can all be found in the written word. My grandfather wrote beautiful poetry and reading it helps me remember him. My favorite poem is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. For poetry, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 6, 2021 - Mental Health Month

Today, I am grateful that May is Mental Health Month. Working in the Emergency Medical Services as long as I have, I’ve seen many patients suffering from mental health issues, are unable to live everyday lives, and are often seen as outcasts. These outcomes need not be the norm. Mental illness should not have a negative stigma. There should be help available for all who need it. This past week one of my co-workers quit her role as an EMT because of PTSD and the inability to do the job. We all need to be willing to ask for help and talk about our struggles. For Mental Health Month, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 5, 2021 - Google Maps

Today, I am grateful for Google Maps. Seriously, I have no idea how any got anywhere without GPS and Google Maps. Today, I had the simple task of getting my son, and his teammates delivered safely to their baseball game at a different school. Getting there proved to be a challenge - even with Google Maps and GPS. We found our way eventually, but I would have been totally lost without the aid of my trusty smartphone and maps. For Google Maps, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 4, 2021 - Friendly People at the Gym

Today, I am grateful for friendly people at the gym. The gym can be an intimidating place. When its busy you always feel like you might be in the way and when it’s slow you feel like everyone is watching you. Finding a friendly face that is willing to help you when you have questions or need guidance is great. More people need to go out of their way to be friendly at the gym and help others. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 3, 2021 - Getting Things Done

Today, I am grateful for getting things done and checking them off my list. Each and every day I ahve a list of items that I need to get done. Everything from exercise to reading the Bible. Each time I get one of these things done, I check it off my list and move on to the next item. For being able to check items off my list, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 2, 2021

Today, I am grateful for physical fitness. I have been blessed to have somewhat of a second chance at living a life with a healthy body. In my youger years I started down the road of obesity and ill-health. Thankfully, I recognized where I was headed and took steps to change my path. It was not on my own and I certianly had a lot of help along the way. Maintaining physical fitness and health is a daily battle. Some days I win and sometimes bad habits, junk food, and laziness take over. For phycial fitness, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - May 1, 2021 Today, I am grateful for electricity. The power of electricity brings so much into our everyday lives; heat, air conditioning, lights, television, internet, and much more. Many of the modern conveniences we take for granted every day would not be possible without electricity. For electricity, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 30, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the spellchecker. I spell words wrong all the time and, thanks to my trusty spellchecker, they usually get corrected. Having words misspelled looks unprofessional and reduces confidence. For spellcheck, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 29, 2021 Today, I am grateful for baseball. Baseball is such a fun sport, and I love watching and coaching my son. I’m looking forward to another fun season of coaching, cheering, and (hopefully) winning! For baseball and everything that comes with it, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 28, 2021 Today, I am grateful for having started this gratitude journal and making a part of my day. Today, I’m not feeling very grateful. I feel beaten and worn down. But, having this gratitude journal forces me each day to reevaluate the things in my life that I have for which I should be grateful. Today, this helped me reset a bit - not totally, I still feel a little down - but this process at least allowed me the opportunity to see that not all things are bad and that I do have things in my life to be grateful for. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 27, 2021 Today, I am grateful for having the time each day to stop, be aware of what is going on, and take inventory of what I am doing. This awareness allows me the opportunity to make better decisions, lower my stress levels, and reduce my overall anxiety. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 26, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the instant communication tools that I have available to me. Connecting with co-workers, friends, and family at a moment’s notice is a unique and wonderful advancement. For all of these valuable tools, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 25, 2021 Today, I am grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given in my life. I know I am very blessed to have lived the wonderful life I have to this point. I work every day to make sure I deserve all I have been given. For each and every opportunity I have been given in life, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 24, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my Saturday morning men’s bible study. Having a weekly opportunity to meet with positive and thoughtful men is amazing. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 23, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the warriors that go to battle everyday to keep our nation safe. Those who dedicate their lives to the service of our country need to be appreciated daily. For the members of our military, past and present, I am thankful.

Gratitude Journal - April 22, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my students. While I don’t teach as frequently as I would like, when I get a new section of students eager to learn, it reminds me of the fun and importance of education. I know I am blessed and lucky to have opportunities to teach others and pass along a little of what I have learned over the years. For my students, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 21, 2021 Today, I am grateful for being able to help other people. I know that I am lucky that I get the opportunity to help people on a daily basis. For this, I am grateful.