“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ~ Melody Beattie

As we roll headlong into the holiday season, I’m thankful that Thanksgiving comes first. It is a regular occurrence to be asked “what are you grateful for”.

Think about that for a moment.

What are you grateful for?

Considering what you are grateful for increases your happiness level.


“Smelling the roses”

When I have a grateful heart, I am more mindful of the many blessings in my life, big and small.

When I have a grateful heart, any lack in my life diminishes.

When I have a grateful heart, I am in more of a space to feel real love for those around me.

When I have a grateful heart, I am happier!

Our students and staff shared what they are grateful for. Here are a few of their responses:

  • I am grateful for my mom because she gives me food, water, and shelter. – Nicholas, 5th grade
  • I am grateful for my family because my mom and dad work hard so I can go to Dave and Busters. – Ace, Kindergarten
  • I am grateful for modern conveniences because life without heating, a/c, transportation, medicine, running water, sewer, etc would be incredibly difficult and uncomfortable. Prayers for all of those living without. – Mrs. Swallie, Teacher
  • I am grateful for the Springs Preserve because it gives me an opportunity to learn when I’m not at school – Sara, 3rd grade
  • I am grateful for gymnastics because it helps me to learn very cool, but scary tricks. – Ethan, 2nd grade
  • I am grateful for my family because they hug me a lot of time. – Chelsea, 1st grade
  • I am grateful for my parents because they are the best thing that has ever happened to me. – Anastasia, 6th grade

I am grateful for Journey Education because this school has given me a new outlook on life. It’s not only a job, but friends that have helped me, and my sons are at their best. This school has improved every aspect of my life – Mr. Bryant Teacher

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