Aaron Engelsrud

Gratitude Journal - April 4, 2021 Today, I am grateful that God sent his son Jesus to die for all our sins on the cross. This sacrifice give all who believe in him eternal life. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 3, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the quiet of the early morning. In my house, I am typically up before everyone else and, because of this, the house is peaceful and quiet. I use this time to read the Bible, meditate, exercise, and sometimes think. The morning is my time. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 2, 2021 Today, I am grateful for friends. Good friends make the bad times tolerable and the good times better. They are there when you need them and understand when you need time alone. For friends, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - April 1, 2021 Today, I am grateful for common sense. In today’s society, we lack common sense and fail to think about things calmly and rationally. We respond with fear or emotion rather than logic and common sense. For those that can employ common sense successfully, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 31, 2021 Today, I am grateful for clear and concise speaking and writing. There is a time when being verbose and detailed is appropriate. There is also a time when you need to make your point quickly. I appreciate people who can drive home a point without droning on for excessive periods. We are all busy. Get to the end. For brevity, I am thankful.

Gratitude Journal - March 30, 2021 Today, I am grateful for persistence. Sometimes, the only way you can get something done or, more importantly, see results is by being persistent and keeping after it day-after-day. Coming back and continuing to attack problems after you’ve failed is one of the keys to success. For persistence, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 29, 2021 Today, I am grateful for mobile phone cases. While mobile phones have continued to get more durable, the phone-cases have also continued to get better. Accidents and broken screens are now much less frequent, and phones seem to last much longer. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 28, 2021 Today, I am grateful that I have been able to learn so much from my Dad. Today, I was able to successfully install a new ceiling fan in my son’s bedroom. I did it quickly and correctly. My Dad has been there to help me so many times that I now have confidence that I can handle most anything. Many of the tasks I take on and complete result from what he has taught me over the years. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 27, 2021 Today, I am grateful for being able to get lost in a good book. Having the ability to go to another place, another time, or even another world simply by picking up a book and reading a few pages is a magical experience. There is nothing better than reading a good book. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 26, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the fact that we are still able to get vinyl records. There is something special about Pink Floyd or Rush on a turntable versus on your iPhone. The sound is just different, more authentic, better and worse all at the same time. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 25, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my health and the health of my family. Our health is not something any of us should take for granted. Keep on top of your health - both physical and mental - and make sure your family members do as well. Once health is lost, it isn’t easy to regain. My family has been lucky to have good health and minimal sickness. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 24, 2021 Today, I am grateful for my sump pump. On rainy days like today, hearing that pump run every once in a while gives me confidence that my basement is staying dry. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - March 23, 2021 Today, I am grateful for our collective ability to adapt to and overcome challenges or setbacks in life. Adaptability gives us the chance to improve our current situation, remove obstacles from our lives, and change our direction. There is always an opportunity to adapt to the new reality. For this, I am grateful.

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.