The Hope and Gratitude Blog

Where hope and gratitude intersect

Our joy is proportional to the gratitude that we feel in our hearts

  • Gratitude For Neighbors

    June 30, 2020 by

    My washing machine broke down a little while ago, and as I considered my options, I received a text from a neighbor asking if I needed help. I was surprised – not that they asked, but that they knew that I had a problem. I hadn’t actively talked about it, mainly to one or two… Read more

  • Gratitude For Second Language Students

    June 22, 2020 by

    I am grateful for all of the students that I have taught over the years. I have been blessed to teach students from various experiences and age groups. I have taught second-graders all the way to students entering graduate school, both here in America and overseas. I can say that teaching has been one of… Read more

  • Gratitude For Fantasy Novels

    May 23, 2020 by

    Other than a mystery genre based reading contest in the third grade, I’ve been a solid fantasy and science fiction fan for most of my life. The bulk of my teenage years were stuffed with book after book, sometimes reading two or three books at the same time. I am immensely grateful for these authors… Read more

  • Gratitude For My Mother

    May 11, 2020 by

    When I mention that I am the oldest of seven boys, I’m asked if we drove our mother insane or if she’d gotten her sainthood. Every time, I answered, “sainthood.” It is not that I think that she’s perfect, as we all have our faults, but her virtues and the sacrifices that she made over… Read more

  • The Soul Of Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2019 by

    When I decided to do a post on what makes Thanksgiving Day special to me, I spent a long while pondering the subject. At first, the three main pillars stuck out to me: family, turkey, and football. Of the three, family is the most important and I have a great family to celebrate it with.… Read more

  • October 28, 2019

    October 16, 2019 by

    Once upon a time, when I taught high school, I had a discussion with an English teacher I’ll call Cliff. We shared stories of our first experiences teaching. He told me that his first day was the hardest. I wasn’t surprised. He caught me off-guard with his next sentence – after the day’s classes ended,… Read more

  • Gratitude For My Father

    June 8, 2020 by

    I’ve been one of the lucky ones. It’s sad to report that there have been many kids that had their fathers abandon them, avoid their responsibilities, or even if around, they might as well as have been gone. Not my dad. He’s always been a family man, balancing work and home life. He doted –… Read more

  • Gratitude For Self-Directed Learning

    June 3, 2020 by

    When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher was the worst I’d experienced in my life up to that point, or ever since. She had a nickname that seemed to be perfect for her nature – “the Cockroach.” She lectured, condescended, and tested, all without engaging. I didn’t do well in that environment and… Read more

  • Gratitude For Boredom

    May 4, 2020 by

    After work last Friday, I was sitting in front of my tv watching a show and playing a game on my tablet. I was bored. Considering everything going on, that didn’t seem possible. I was tuned in to a show that I liked and binging and the game was enjoyable as well. Yet there I… Read more

  • Gratitude For Heartache

    April 27, 2020 by

    Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000012355 StartFragment:0000000438 EndFragment:0000012338 Gratitude For Heartache A quick search of online dictionaries gives a very mediocre definition of heartache. They define it as emotional pain or sorrow. I think it goes much deeper and reflects an emotional wound that a simple salve or bowl of ice cream will not solve. Perhaps this poem… Read more

  • Gratitude For Exercise

    April 13, 2020 by

    Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000004548 StartFragment:0000000438 EndFragment:0000004531 I was thirty pounds overweight and uncomfortable in my body. In an upright position, if I attempted to bend over with knees locked, I couldn’t touch my toes. Run for ten minutes without breaking a sweat? Forget it. Try thirty seconds. I had been thinner in my past and had… Read more

  • Gratitude For Friendships – A Second Look

    March 21, 2020 by

    Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000005838 StartFragment:0000000438 EndFragment:0000005821 Aside from family, friends are the most important relationships that we have. I am not talking about “Facebook friends” or some other euphemism, because in the majority of cases, we don’t know those people – we connected through some event or share an emotional experience. The way that I see… Read more

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Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Marcus Tullius Cicero