Everyday Thanksgiving

“No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, the magic of gratitude will change your entire life.”–Rhonda Byrne

I recently did all the exercises in Rhonda Byrne’s book The Magic, including writing down ten things to be thankful for everyday for 28 days and reading the entire list everyday. By the 28th day the list had 280 sentences and took about 25 minutes to read out loud. This exercise changed my perspective, my thoughts, and my life. After I finished the 28th day, I was relieved and saddened that the 25 minute daily ritual was over.

I knew I should continue the practice, but it seemed like a lot of work. Then I stumbled upon iRuniBreathe’s blog. She listed 5 things to be grateful for on the sidebar of her blog everyday, archived the list daily, and posted them at the end of the month. Truth be told iRuniBreathe got the idea from Writing Ruth.

This is my archive that I will post at the end of the month. Note that some of the things I am grateful for have not happened yet, but I am creating the reality of them happening through gratitude.


June 2014

Thank you for water gun fights in the kiddie pool; hot dogs for kid’s birthday parties; plastic nunchakus; flavorful watermelon; icees.

Thank you for Conversations with Compassion with Amma; the woman from Colombia who gave me almonds at the Amma event; Arthur Chu agreeing to an interview; Oliver offering his house for the men’s group; being asked to run a workshop at Bonfire Heights.

Thank you for Jett and Fox hugging each other and friends; the wisdom of Graham Phoenix and
Steve Harper; Leigh Plummer refering to me as the “guy who lives and breathes compassion”; Daiso dollar stores; learning how to manage social media without going crazy.

Thank you for The Greater Good Gratitude Summit; the safety of my sons after 3 weeks of shootings; everyone at Interchange Counseling Institute who continues to spread the love; enlightening interviews with Arthur Chu and Dr. Mark Stevens; a heartfelt talk with my stepfather about being traumatized by corporal punishment.

Thank you for the Bonfire Heights team-building picnic in the beautiful Oakland hills; gps on cell phones and no more road maps; being invited to give a talk on Raising Compassionate Boys at Cal Poly Pomona; the community I’ve found at The Good Men Project; summer vacation, parks, and flying airplanes with Jett and Fox.

Thank you for 7 year old Jett hypothesizing that “soft farts smell more than loud ones because they have less air”; how Fox whispers questions to me like we share a secret; new insights into men’s anger from watching The Avengers; family game night at Tabitha’s; being able to watch the incredible match between USA and Portugal at Jonathan’s house.

Thank you for the good luck from the bird pooing on me today; the first aid stand that treated my son after he got hit in the mouth; USA making it to the elimination round in the World Cup; 6 months of free Google Shopping Express; another peaceful day with Jett and Fox.

Thank you for how Jett prayed that Fox would get better during meditation; winning 300 dollars in Texas Hold’em; a beautiful day with friends and family at the 15th Annual Hattori Cup Golf Tournament; Trader Joe’s sample bar; all the mothers, grandmothers, and aunties to support me when Fox had a 103 temperature.

Thank you for the safe return of Jett and Fox from New York; another touching, heartfelt men’s group meeting; 4 year old Fox loving the adult drama film Heaven is for Real; Jett asking if life is fair and understanding when I said, “Life is not fair, but God is always fair”; realizing that control is the ego resisting uncertainty and refusing to trust life.


17 comments on “Everyday Thanksgiving

  1. RuthRuth says:

    Hi Kozo, Wow…I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to see more bloggers practicing daily intentional gratitude along with me. Today, I’m grateful for you & iRun. Happy Thanksgiving, everyday. πŸ™‚

    • Kozo says:

      Thanks for starting the trend, Ruth. Let’s see if we can get a WordPress gratitude template that has the box installed in the design. Also, thanks for the great self-introspection on feminism.

  2. […] led me to my Attitude of Gratitude, which has spilled over to other bloggers: Kozo’s Everyday Thanksgiving and GiRRL_Earth’s G is for Gratitude […]

  3. eof737 says:

    TY for your generous spirit… it shines through. πŸ™‚

  4. Beautiful!!! So happy I found your path this day!

  5. prayingforoneday says:

    Please accept this award
    “SunShine Award”


  6. { β€œNo matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, the magic of gratitude will change your entire life.”–Rhonda Byrne } beautiful quote and post πŸ™‚ http://www.cupcakesandiamonds.wordpress.com

  7. cindy knoke says:

    I was reading your post on expressing thankfulness by bowing and was writing a comment and preparing to send it to my friend Junko, when I finger-burped on my new lap top, and lost the post. Now I can’t find it….drat all! I love this post!
    Your blog is wonderful Kozo and quite inspiring.
    The photo of your son on the potty is adorable!! Be forewarned, when he is about 12-14 years old, he is going to be mightily incensed if he find out that you posted this! That’s a bunch of years away yet though, so no worries. It probably will off in the infinity of the blogspace by then!!
    Besides it was for a good cause…….

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Holy cow, Cindy. I went to go look for that post, and I just realized how many posts I have up here. I couldn’t find it. Guess I’ve been blogging for longer than I can remember.

      Thanks for reading old posts. I am sure that by the time my son gets 12 he will have plenty of reasons to be incensed with me. haha. {{{hugs]}} Kozo

  8. […] dedication and gratitude to Kozo of EverydayGurus, who always points out that every body is an everyday guru. With peace, […]

  9. […] dedication and gratitude to Kozo of EverydayGurus, who always points out that every body is an everyday guru. With peace, […]

  10. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    *GRATITUDE & Thankfulness* is always with me each Day! As a woman in Recovery for almost 7 years, they BOTH play a part in having a well balanced recovery. Many don’t see that my Higher Power, (God) still performs *MIRACLES*, I’m one of his living miracles! From where I was in addiction, to who I’ve become in HIS GRACE, is truly a miracle! Loved your Powerful Message here today….Hugs & Blessings, Catherine πŸ™‚

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Yes, Catherine, we always have our higher power to be grateful for. I’m beginning to be grateful for even the low points in my life since they lead me to the high points. Thanks for the comment. {{{hugs}}} Kozo

      • Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

        So very TRUE….Many blessings have always come from *The Down Times*….as we keep our Hearts open. CAT

  11. Smiling here because just now I was searching for an image to use for Facebook cover… with veterans day Monday (no student at school for this teacher too!) I thought I would theme it around Lennon’s “Imagine” lyrics – lots of cool surfing from that original Google search led me to Pinterest which in turn led me to B4Peace page at which point I hollered “SANCTUARY” due to immediate kindred mood that pervaded my being…soothed my spirit. So thanks for that… as a teacher and a late baby boomer/flower-child generation hippie-chick sort (b. 1960), I live and forever seek peace and old school grooviness! Of course I am also driven to “pass it on” to my students and younger peers who seem to be so uptight from the demands (or lack thereof) of society today! They seem so shut off from interaction, communication, et al…preferring to text, Google and email alone in the real world, with their public/social/circle of friends joining them almost exclusively in a virtual world! But I will save that soap box f(social skills, writing and reading skills, blah, blah, blah) for another day !!! Needless to say I am thrilled to have landed here and have to share a quote that caught my eye on the way here…especially pertinent to “the down times” referenced in above posts…. it read as follows, like dialogue –

    ME: “Wow, I think I actually feel happy today!” LIFE: “LOL, Hang On!!!”

    But isn’t that just Life… if it was supposed to be all rainbows and fairy tales, why would there be a Heaven when it’s done? Just gotta keep on truckin’ man! Thanks for making my journey a bit more groovy… and now peace with a purpose!! Cool.

    • Kozo Hattori says:

      Yay, Stephanie. Welcome aboard. Love teachers and hippies. Love the quote, but love this quotation more “if it was supposed to be all rainbows and fairy tales, why would there be a Heaven when it’s done?”
      {{{Hugs}}} kozo

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