Aaron Engelsrud

Gratitude Journal - March 22, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the green plants poking up through the ground after a long, cold winter. Seeing things go from stark and cold to green and warm is my favorite indicator of seasonal change. It also signifies a sort of renewal that is both physical and spiritual. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 21, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my family. Love and support are the common themes that bind us together. While we each have our unique interests, we are always there for each other in all we do. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 20, 2021 Today, I am grateful for people who approach life with a positive attitude. Being positive in the face of adversity is not always easy. Knowing people who are always able to smile in the face of defeat and laugh at complex challenges helps make my day better. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 19, 2021 Today, I am grateful for mobile banking. The fact that I can check my balance, dispute a charge, transfer money to my son, and make a deposit all from my phone is something I would have never dreamed of when I was young. The convenience and ease of these services make these routine tasks so much simpler. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 18, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my warm, cozy, and comfortable bed. Let’s face it, after a long day of work, there is nothing better than an excellent bed to go to sleep in. A good night’s rest is the cure to almost any problem. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 17, 2021 Today, I am grateful for owning a reliable vehicle to get around. For many years I drove cars that I serviced myself, fixing what I could and keeping them on the road. While this saved us lots of money, it was also nerve-racking and challenging at times when things would go wrong. Given this, I enjoy having a truck that is reliable and relatively new. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 16, 2021 Today, I am grateful for modern medicine and the smart men and women that take the time and make an effort to become excellent medical doctors. During my lifetime, there have been numerous advances in treatments and medications for disease and injuries. These improvements have saved and improved the quality of many lives. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 15, 2021 Today, I am grateful for open and honest conversation. I love people who don’t just tell you want you to want to hear. People who are willing to tell you the truth, even when it might hurt, are needed in everyone’s life. These are the people that care for you; these are the people that want to see you succeed. I’m working on being more honest and caring in my conversations. I do this for my benefit and to help those to whom I am talking. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 14, 2021 Today, I am grateful that I have the skills, opportunity, and drive to help others when they need help the most. I’ve spent most of my adult life as a firefighter and EMT, and as such, I’ve seen my fair share of tragedy and pain. Last night was no different. However, I always try to leave these scenes happy that I was there, ready, and able to help. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 13, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my Concept2 Rowing Machine. What a solid and fun piece of exercise equipment. One of the best investments I’ve made in my home gym. It gives me a great, full-body, low-impact workout in a short amount of time. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 12, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my health. Like all of us, I’m not getting any younger. However, through intentional work and some good genetics, I continue to stay reasonably healthy. I have a bit of normal wear and tear, but overall I’m active, happy, and healthy. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 11, 2021 Today, I am grateful for knowing that where we are today is not where we have to remain. Each of us can improve, change, and grow. We don’t have to accept the position within which we have found ourselves. We can take action and make things different. In this way, we each can create our future, build it the way we want it to be, and live our best lives. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 10, 2021 Today, I am grateful for spring rains. I love the fact that spring rains wash away all the dirt and grime that winter and snow left behind, bring out the worms, and start things moving towards green. It makes the whole world feel new and fresh again. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 9, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my ability to learn from my mistakes. Looking back, seeing where I made missteps, and then moving forward and not making those mistakes again is a valuable part of growth. I’ve made lots of mistakes in my life. I’ve trusted people I shouldn’t have trusted, done things I shouldn’t have done, and bought stuff I didn’t need. Thankfully, I can learn from these past mistakes and not repeat them. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitud Journal - March 8, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the public library system. While libraries provide access to a wide variety of books, typically free of charge, they also offer much more. Libraries are a gathering point for education; tutoring, group study sessions, and classes happen every day at libraries across the nation. Further, libraries often provide free WiFi and computer access to those who do not have access. Many libraries have programs to help the unemployed find work by allowing access to job search databases and websites and providing resume guidance and help. Finally, libraries lend much more than just books as many allow patrons to check out audiobooks, eBooks, musical instruments, and more. For this, I am grateful.

Wiki on the Public Library System

Gratitude Journal - March 7, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my family. We will be celebrating my daughter’s birthday today and will have family over to join in the party. Having family around always makes me feel thankful. Spending time with the people who love and care about me the most makes for a beautiful day. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Joural - March 6, 2021 Today, I am grateful for The Salvation Army. This organization helps people worldwide and has been doing so since 1865. They selflessly serve 23 million Americans annually and have locations in 130 countries around the globe. From disaster relief to helping domestic abuse victims, the Salvation Army is there to do good. For this, I am grateful.

About the Salvation Army

Gratitiude Journal - March 5, 2021 Today, I am grateful for our collective ability to record and preserve history. From family gatherings to world events, we have tremendous power to record and save what has happened for future generations. From simple tweets to Facebook posts to videos, we create a tremendous historical record every day. I hope that they do not repeat the same missteps and mistakes we have encountered through this. That they look at our historical record and learn and are better for it. For this, I am grateful.

How Much Data is Generated Every Day - Infographic

Gratitude Journal - March 4, 2021 Today, I am grateful for forgiveness. Our ability to forgive others and be forgiven by others allows us to clear ourselves of past mistakes, learn from them, and move on. Being stuck in the errors of yesterday prevents us from growing and improving. Forgiveness is the only way to get unstuck. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 3, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the incoming spring season. While I know there are still cold days ahead, the longer daylight hours and warmer tempuratures are a positive indication that things are once again changing. Change brings new life and new opportunities. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 2, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my home. In 2019 over 500,000 people in America experienced homelessness. Further, this number is, at best, a low estimate as counting the actual number of homeless is nearly impossible. Mental health issues, a lack of affordable housing, social problems, cultural difficulties, and economic hardships combine to make this problem a difficult one to solve. In America, we have made progress, but we need to do much more. I realize I am lucky to have a warm home to shelter and protect my family. For this, I am grateful.

State of Homelessness 2020

Gratitude Journal - March 1, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my daughter. She brings so much light and life to my day. I love her smile, her endless happiness, and her ability to giggle at my bad dad jokes. Happy Birthday Katie! Dad loves you today, tomorrow, and every day. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 28, 2021 Today, I am grateful for plentiful food. I realize that not everyone has the same access to delicious and plentiful food as I do. Many go to bed every night hungry. Hunger and malnutrition are a global problem that impacts all races, ages, and genders. Daily, more than 690 million people globally are left without enough to eat. For the simple fact that my family has enough to eat each day, I am grateful.

Action Against Hunger

Gratitude Journal - February 27, 2021 Today, I am grateful for mid-afternoon naps. Some days there is just nothing better than a nice quick nap. Naps can re-energize, re-focus, and revitalize our day. More importantly, naps can provide a much needed mental health break in the day. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 26, 2021 Today, I am grateful for noise-canceling headphones. The ability to block out the world around me, especially in the new work-from-home paradigm, is essential to not only my productivity but my sanity as well. Sometimes I need to focus on a task, and my headphones allow me to isolate my thoughts and concentrate uninterrupted. For this, I am grateful.