30 Days of Gratitude: Day 30

Write yourself a thank you note.

Dear me,

Thank you for seeing all 30 Days of Gratitude though. I’m not sure what result you wanted, or expected, from doing this but, I’m happy that it has helped to change your perspective on how you spend your time and attention.

I hope that you use this momentum to continue being more thoughtful and intentional in what you do from day to day.

Thank you.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 29

Three good things.

I’m grateful for family, and for the way that they’re always there even during times when we aren’t physically together. I’m grateful for the way that all of us, in our family, have such different personalities and perspectives and paths that we’re following.

I’m grateful for our home, with a solid roof and a good heater to keep us warm as it grows colder (and starts to rain) outside. I’m grateful that I am in a place to be able to afford and have a home.

I’m grateful for the many different ways I have to keep learning new things, having spent most of the day reading and watching Youtube videos to sharpen some programming skills in Python.


This prompt will repeat several times throughout this challenge.

The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 28

Ask someone else what they’re grateful for.

This was a good prompt in that it started a good conversation, with my wife, over Thanksgiving Day dinner. Through this, we realized how many of the same things we were grateful for, and how many of the same things we want to try to work for, to improve upon, and to accomplish in the coming year.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 27

Compliment a stranger.

I scheduled a late grocery delivery because our Thanksgiving Day plans had changed (last minute). Grocery shopping isn’t my favorite thing to do, and the though of going to the store was terrifying considering how busy they would be the day before Thanksgiving.

If the store is out of something, someone will usually call to check to see what (if any) substitutions you might want for that item. I got the call about an hour after I placed the order, with someone letting me know they were out of one product but could sub it with something very similar.

After agreeing, I thanked the person for working that day, acknowledging how busy they were and letting them know I was grateful for what they were doing.

Admittedly, it was an awkward exchange. Partly because it’s something I don’t normally do so I imagine my delivery was awkward, and partly because the person on the other end of the line probably didn’t expect that. Nevertheless, it felt good to at least try.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 26

What’s one thing that would make you happy today? If you can, do it.

I went for a drive, today. It’s been a while since I drove around for the sake of driving around. This was a good, relaxing experience as I got to roam around the streets and neighborhoods of Sacramento while listening to music as my phone (played through my car) shuffled through my music library.

It’s a chance to explore some new areas and make mental notes of places that I want to learn more about, even planning to visit them in the near future. It’s also an excuse to roam around side streets and make random turns into places that you wouldn’t normally see when traveling from one point to another.

And it was good to just let the music play, even rediscovering some songs that are in my library but that I haven’t heard in a while.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 25

Write about something that happened in your day that left you feeling satisfied.

After work, I started work on some code (part of my final project for a class). The plan was just to get some lines and a basic outline written so that I could come back to it later this week, when I felt like I had more time concentrate on it.

Before I knew it, a couple hours had passed and I found myself with a completed (working) application. Most of my time was spent debugging existing code and trying to find ways to make it all more efficient.

It felt good to finish what I had planned to take most of the week (before the holiday). I don’t have to open any code for the remainder of this week, unless I want to get ahead for next week.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 24

Do something nice for someone else today.

I didn’t leave the house nor interact with anyone, today. There were times when I thought “I need to go out” but couldn’t come up with anything specific to do. It was a nice, relaxing weekend and I was selfishly enjoying it. In retrospect, I kind of regret not going somewhere. I have been thinking a lot about random acts of kindness and, it would have been nice to go out and practice this.

I spent a little time on social media, catching up on blogs and timelines and photo streams. With today’s prompt in mind, I did make sure to comment and reply with positive and supportive comments. There’s way too much negativity out there so, I hope my comments made at least a little difference.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.