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My Gratitude Practice: Living Gratitude Series


It gives me great pleasure to welcome Talya Tate Boerner to share her thoughts on gratitude today. I met Talya through a Facebook group for bloggers and love her writing style, her humour, the songs she chooses to add to her posts and her warm and friendly manner.  Originally from Arkansas, Talya now lives in Dallas, Texas, USA. Her blog, Grace, Grits and Gardening , showcases her many interests and her stories of food, farm, family and fun.

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My Gratitude Practice is part of the Living Gratitude Series

November has become synonymous with gratitude. On Facebook, many people are participating in the Thirty Days of Gratitude challenge—posting one grateful thing each day in November.

Since I already bombard my friends with blog posts and quotes and pictures several times a day, I decided they (you) would be grateful if I declined to participate in this.

Instead, I found another way to work gratitude into November.

Last November, I began a daily writing practice. As part of my practice, I write the date, place, time and consecutive day of practice. For example:

August 30, 2013
Dallas, Texas
6:44 a.m.
Day 271

After I record my setting, I write for however long I feel like writing… Later I can go back, review where I was on a particular day, and remember what I was thinking or feeling.

This November, I decided to add something I’m grateful for at that moment. My daily writing may or may not be about that particular thing—that’s not the point of this exercise. If I begin each day focused on one thing I’m grateful for instead of something I want or think I need, my entire day is set in a positive tone of thanksgiving and gratefulness.

On day 338 of my writing practice, I was grateful for rain.

Today it was coffee.

I encourage you to start each day, whether you write or not, with a bit of gratitude. No matter how small.


Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.



  1. Suzy Suzy November 20, 2013

    Great idea Talya. It is really the little things we are grateful for that bring us the greatest joy.

  2. Kathy Kathy November 19, 2013

    This sounds like a great practice! I am going to try it too. ♥

  3. Gary H. Gary H. November 18, 2013

    Lately, I’ve been reading (and reformatting) some of my own journal entries from as far back as 1998. I wrote about stuff that bugged me rather than stuff I was grateful for. But even that has given me an interesting insight.

    At the time I wrote a lot of these entries, whatever it was that was foremost on my mind–that caused me to rant indiscriminately for paragraphs at a time–was so important to me. So important that I cannot now remember what most of it even was about.

    So what I’ve learned is: don’t get too overcome by whatever has you in its claws right now. chances are you won’t even remember it in the long run.

  4. Debbie Debbie November 16, 2013

    Hi Talya; What a great idea! Yes, there is always something to be grateful for, although rain wouldn’t necessarily be on my list, (not fun with dogs and we get a LOT of it, here). LOL
    Definitely grateful for coffee! 🙂
    Have a good weekend.

  5. Martha Orlando Martha Orlando November 16, 2013

    Fantastic way to start the day! Think I’ll give it a try. Thanks, Talya!

  6. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian November 16, 2013

    Talya, your post is short, but really effective, just like ‘Little Master’ Sachin Tendulkar!

    Your gratitude for rain would be shared by all those who have faced a water shortage at any point in time.

  7. Dorothy Johnson Dorothy Johnson November 16, 2013

    As always, I enjoyed reading your post. I keep a gratitude journal a little differently, but begin my day as you do. Today, I’m grateful for your friendship and all the help you have given me as slog my way into the world of blogging. And for connecting me with Corrine! If not for your generous support and patience, I’d probably still just be talking about writing a blog! Thank you! Love you much!

  8. Kathy Kathy November 16, 2013

    Hi Talya! What a great gratitude practice you have. As you say, it doesn’t have to be a huge thing–something as simple as remembering the rain is great. This is my second year of doing a month long practice and it ALWAYS brings me to a higher state of happiness. ~Kathy

  9. Cathy Graham Cathy Graham November 15, 2013

    Love your take on the daily gratitude journal idea, Talya. I must try that. I like how you record the date and time you wrote, too and write something you’re grateful for, even if it’s some small thing like coffee. On second thought, coffee isn’t a small thing. It’s BIG! I am grateful every day for my coffee!!

  10. Aditi Aditi November 15, 2013

    A small effort on our side each day will surely lead to bigger happiness in the coming days….Lovely thought Talya…Thanks!!

  11. Kalpana Solsi Kalpana Solsi November 15, 2013

    15 years ago , i had the practice of writing the day’s events , good and not so -good events and would ready the day’s events of a year ago and compare them. I would do this before retiring to bed and would take about 10 minutes but would love this 10 minute programme. I think I should re-start it.

  12. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg November 15, 2013

    That’s such a wonderful habit, Talya!! Loved it. This is a fab way of recording and storing memories and I can imagine the joy of revisiting these memories!! Thanks for sharing a super idea 🙂

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