The idea for this site began as a personal project, stemming from many websites, canned pages of bullet points and books in circulation about gratitude journals and bucket lists, where I realized something very important. It’s not necessary to spend money on tools other people tell us are required to appreciate today and live in the moment. Aren’t those one or all of our senses? The photographs, stories, quotes and passages here are meant as reminders to take a few moments to think about something positive, look at an interesting photograph or remember a quote or passage from a really good book. The main inspiration behind this site was a homeless man named Jules, who always told me, “Today is a beautiful day, baby. Pass along the gratitude.”
“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley
In his book, 365 Nirvana Here and Now: Living Every Moment in the Enlightenment, Josh Baran writes that one reason we have so much trouble achieving peace of mind is that we are not present to our life in the moment, as it happens. We spend too much time worrying about the future or the past. Not only can we not change the past, thinking excessively about it is a shortcut to unhappiness. And overly worrying about the future deprives us of the experience we need to carry us there. “The more we look for what’s hidden, for what is lacking,” Baran says, “the more we miss what’s in our face.”
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” — Denis Waitley
My goal for this site is to explore my own journey of letting go of the past, living in the moment and no longer worrying excessively about the future, along with highlighting the people I meet along the way who inspire me. And hopefully the gratitude it brings. I hope it brings you some, too.