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Yesterday wrapped up my thirty days of gratitude project. A “grateful journal”, if you will.

This has been an interesting and reflective exercise. And although my exercise of gratitude is over, I hope to keep things to be grateful for in my focus every day.

I drove past a church yesterday that challenged me with the question:

What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you had given thanks for today?

This list of things to be thankful for only skims the surface. But I would be a pretty happy person if I woke up with only these things left. At a glance here they are — the thirty things I am grateful for this past month.

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1. Reconnecting with old friends
2. My cozy home
3. The sun on my face
4. My sister
5. Our Corgi, Dylan
6. Adventures of travel
7. A husband who cooks
8. Facebook
9. The Spa
10. Clean Water
11. Really smart people
12. My yoga practice
13. Technology
14. Loving parents
15. Sleep
16. Photos
17. Books
18. People who do self-less things
19. Electricity
20. Music
21. The journey
22. Neighbors
23. Good health
24. The capacity to learn
25. Love
26. My career
27. Living in interesting times
28. Friends
29. Food
30. The internet

If you haven’t yet really contemplated the things to be grateful for in your own life, I encourage you to give it a try. And, in doing so, I am hoping we can all concentrate more on the good things going on all around us!

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There was a time I thought I could have been a professional student.  I loved learning and I loved college.  I’m so grateful that we have the capacity to learn and to continue that learning throughout our life.

I posted earlier that I’m grateful for really smart people.  And I humbly noted that I will never be in their same league.  But we all have a tremendous mental capacity and I’m constantly rooting out new things to learn.

I particular admire people that have in insatiable curiosity.  How to Think like Leonardo da VinciCuriosity is one of the seven steps to genius, as outlined in one of my favorite books, How to Think like Leonardo da Vinciby Michael Gelb.    I must be on my third or fourth reading of it, and still absorbing new things.

I stumbled upon a blog recently as I was pursuing a topic of learning — learning to cook.   The blog is Zen Habits, and Leo Babauta wrote a post called How to Learn Anything.  It featured an interview with Timothy Ferriss, the author of The Four Hour Chef: The Simple Path for Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life.  Sounds right up my alley, and thanks to Amazon prime, it should be arriving tomorrow.

The learning continues…

Don’t you just love smart people?   You know – the kind that make you stop and think.  Smart peopleThat make you want to dig deeper.  The ones that challenge you to do better.  To contribute more.  The ones that you thank for making our lives better.  The ones that you grieve their departure even though you never knew them.

I’m thankful for the contributions and the inspiration that so many smart people have provided in my lifetime.  And I’m thankful for the caliber of people that I was able to work directly with as well.  I’ve always relished the opportunity to engage with thought leaders.

Don’t get me wrong — I consider myself very intelligent.  I’ve been able to do a lot of innovating and creative problem solving in my career.   But there used to be a time when the idea that I would never be another Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerman was pretty depressing.  I removed “What a Wonderful World” from my playlist because I couldn’t deal with the lyrics “I see babies cry, I watch them grow.   They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know.”  Today, I’m more accepting of that notion.

They recently discovered that Einstein’s brain is different from most.  His prefrontal cortices were “relatively expanded”.  His brain had extra folds, and “larger -than-usual bulges… on the surface of the cerebral cortex”.  At first this information was comforting to me — sort of an excuse for why I wasn’t among the truly brilliant.  I wasn’t born with an exceptional brain.  But was he born with an exceptional brain, or is it more likely that his brain developed that way because of the way his used it?

Food for thought.  But in the mean time, I am grateful for really smart people.