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On Giving Thanks

Last week several of the BRPM staff took up a challenge to write daily in a gratitude journal. At the end of the week, they reflected on the practice and the impact–if any–it had on their outlook and their days. Below are the reflection questions they were asked and responses from two of our staff. We hope this inspires you to take up the habit of giving thanks each day, especially through the hectic holiday season.

1.  Have you ever practiced keeping a gratitude journal before? If so, when and for how long?

K: Nope! This was a first for me.

L: I have keep journals off/on. It started with my diary at a young age, all my secrets. As an adult I have kept them in my bible classes. I have also kept one during my treatment for breast cancer (chemo, double mastectomy, radiation, and reconstruction), it was also apart of my classes at VWCC, this also was during my treatment. I feel most of my journals have been positive. They are about what God has done, what HE is doing now, & what He will do going forward. I give Him all the praise & glory.

2. What positive impact did keeping a gratitude journal have on yourself and your outlook these past five days? Be specific where possible.

K: Well I have had quite a bit of stress in my life the last 5 days, so it gave me an opportunity to sit down at the end of the day and focus on good things. Doing so made all the stressors seem so much smaller and helped me end each day on a positive note.

L: I found it exciting each morning to express the blessings GOD has for me. I am very humble & grateful for HIS mercy and grace.

3.  What challenges did you encounter with keeping a gratitude journal?

K: My biggest challenge was finding time. I chose to journal at the end of each day, so I could create a quiet, ‘unplugged’ space that would help promote a restful sleep. Some nights I was really tired and just wanted to go to bed…but I found the discipline to do it anyway.
L: My challenge was not to write a book everyday.

4.  What are some specific things you wrote in your journal. Share between 5-10.

K: My health, my dog, my husband, my freedom, laughter

L: The scenery when you get off the elevators on the 3rd floor and look out the windows, rain or shine the mountains are beautiful. My devoted husband, my grandchildren, my friends & coworkers. Life its self is a gift

5. Name some specific things for which you are grateful about working at BRPM.

K: Being a new grad, I feel incredibly blessed to have found a job that I have a future with. So many of my classmates are already on their 2nd (or even 3rd) jobs, but I am perfectly happy where I am and plan on staying for quite awhile.  I feel like I am being used to my full potential and that I play a vital role in the practice. I like the challenge of pain management and the variety of conditions I treat. I feel appreciated by my patients and coworkers. I truly believe in the goals of the practice. I work for really smart (but also down to earth and easy to talk to) physicians, and I learn so much from them every single day. I could go on and on…but I’m just really thankful.


L: I am grateful for my co-workers/friends, and the opportunity to interact with so many people going through pain.

6.  Please share any other insights, ideas, personal thoughts on your practice of keeping a gratitude journal that you think may encourage or instruct others.


K: Gratitude journaling at the end of the day made my days so much better. It gave me the opportunity to end each day on a positive note.

L: Be honest. Find a quite spot & time to reflect. Think positive. Get to know the Lord. This is the day that the Lord has made.


Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at BRPM!