Aaron Engelsrud

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.

Gratitude Journal - February 25, 2021 Today, I am grateful for streaming music services. The ability to have almost any music you can think of - any genre, artist, album, or track - available at your fingertips is a fantastic innovation. I can always find something to match my mood or activity. Music is the ultimate communicator. It crosses boundaries, speaks to everyone, and can deliver a powerful message. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 24, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the power of virtual meetings. While we are all growing tired of Zoom meetings day after day, and we all realize that online school for our children is no replacement for in-person classrooms, this technology has allowed us a sense of togetherness in a world of far-apart. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 23, 2021 Today, I am grateful for plentiful and clean water for drinking, bathing, and simple hand washing. A 2019 report from the UN estimated that 2.2 billion people do not have safely-managed drinking water, 4.2 billion lack essential sanitation services, and 3 billion lack necessary handwashing stations. I have multiple taps throughout my house with a seemingly unlimited supply of clean, safe water. I can buy bottled water by the case at any grocery store. Not everyone is so lucky. For this, I am grateful.

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Reference: Billions globally lack ‘water, sanitation and hygiene’, new UN report spells out

Gratitude Journal - February 22, 2021 Today, I am grateful that I have people in my life that challenge me to be better. Living a life of mediocrity is not living at all. It’s just subsisting. Living an authentic life demands a constant drive for self-improvement. The people in my life that consistently expect the best out of me fuel my internal fire and help me find the discipline to excel every day. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 21, 2021 Today, I am grateful for our fantastic access to information, knowledge, and education. Today, more than ever before history, we have access to almost unlimited amounts of data. This data can be used to help us learn something new, prove a theory, or open doors of conversation. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 20, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the time spent with each of my children. While family time is great, sometimes it’s super nice to get one-on-one time with one of them. This is time for the two of us to connect and have some fun. Each of my children is unique, and I love every opportunity to see their individuality firsthand. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 19, 2021 Today, I am grateful for warmer weather and sun. While here in the MidWest we are still stuck in the icebox of winter, today looks to be warmer and the sun is shining. After a string of grey, fridgid, snow filled days, this is a welcome change. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 18, 2021 Today, I am grateful my favorite chair. I have a chair in my living room that I love to sit in. It’s next to the fireplace, reclines nicely, and fits me well. On a cold day, I can start a fire, sit down, and relax. The chair isn’t really fancy or anything, it’s not leather, doesn’t rock or glide, but it suits me well. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 17, 2021 Today, I am grateful for no longer having a daily commute. While I miss the daily interaction with my coworkers, I do not miss the added time it took to get to the office and back home every day. The time I save has gone into more family time and more time focused on health and fitness. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 16, 2021 Today, I am grateful for our elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. Teaching through this pandemic has been a challenging and difficult transition with many unknowns. I’m grateful that our teachers have attacked this with a positive attitude, putting our kids education first. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 15, 2021 Today, I am grateful for the flexibility I have at work. My employer makes it possible for me to do the things I need to do while still being efficient and effective at work. This flexibility allows me to be the best employee, father, husband, and person I can be. For this, I am grateful.

Gratitude Journal - February 14, 2021 Today, on Valentine’s Day, I am grateful for my wife. Like any married couple, we have had our ups and downs, but we have never given up. We have never quit. We both continue to work to be the best we can be and serve the other with unfailing love. For this, I am grateful.