Tammy Helfrich

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Life is short.

I continue to learn this over and over. We know it, but we don’t always live like it, do we?

One of the best things I have learned to practice continually is gratitude. I find that it is really hard to be upset when you are giving thanks for what you have.

I thought I did an okay job of showing gratitude until I read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Wow. I had never thought of giving thanks for the kinds of things she recognizes and gives thanks for. It really made me look at life differently. While I still don’t find myself giving thanks for the soap suds that fly up while I am doing dishes, I have learned to appreciate things more frequently.

I still haven’t started my gratitude list that she suggests in the book. However, I do journal and often find myself listing what I am thankful for. I also enjoy reading many blogs that continually list what they are grateful for. I am also learning to tell people in my life that I am thankful for them more often. I want them to know that I am happy to have them in my life and that I appreciate them.

Today, I am grateful for you. My blog readers who comment and share and interact with me. Thank you for all you do!

How do you express gratitude?


  1. Work on your gratitude list. 😉 It’s harder but better than you’d think!

  2. So much to be thankful for. I’ve gotten better at living in gratitude the older I get. Thankful to have “met” you this year!

  3. I’m not sure I am nearly as grateful as I should be. Not sure I show it.

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