Last weekend’s World Domination Summit brought up a lot of things for me that I need to work on, including some habits (hat tip to Leo Babauta) that I want to introduce in my life. I decided that a commitment to expressing gratitude is one of them.

About a year ago, I did an exercise where every morning I listed 5 things that I was grateful for.  I kept a running document of these things, which was a nice way to remind myself of all the wonderful aspects of my life that deserve recognition and appreciation.

But the question is, why relegate these expressions of gratitude to a document that’s trapped on my desktop?

Why not share these things with the world in the hopes that it might allow others to feel gratitude for things in their own lives?

As my old friend Michael used to say, ‘there’s no good reason not to.’

Brandon Sutton HikingSo, here’s the deal: Every Sunday night, I will do a post on Gratitude for things that are happening in my life.  It might be gratitude for people, places, things, feelings, or whatever pops into my head at the time.  Sounds fun, right?

And, on top of the weekly posts, I’m going to commit at least one tweet each day on gratitude as well.  If you’re interested in those, you can find me on Twitter here. The caveat is that I reserve the right to NOT tweet some days if I’m having an experience that I want to remain totally present for.  I’ve found that I can’t be totally present and tweet at the same time, so I pick and choose when I do both.

Since I went on a rampage of appreciation last week for everything related to the World Domination Summit, today I want to express gratitude for where I am now.  Air quality alerts notwithstanding, I live in a great community with some of the most genuine people that I’ve ever met in my life.  I’m really lucky to be surrounded with this kind of positive, supporting energy every day.

I recently wrote about a hiking trip in the wilderness of North Georgia, and I’m so thankful for that opportunity to get out and explore the woods with friends who love to just jump in the car and go explore the world. It hasn’t always been that way for me. In the past, I’ve felt isolated and disconnected from others, and I ended up doing a lot of things on my own. I still like to be alone from time to time, but I’m thankful that I have people in my life that I feel totally comfortable around and can talk to about anything.

There is a tendency to always look ahead to what could be or what will be, but what is right now is often just as good or better than the future we imagine. I can say with 100% certainty that where I am today is a wonderful place.  Some of the most incredible people that I’ve met in my life are good friends and neighbors here in Atlanta. I want to express gratitude for their presence and not take their support for granted.

So, today I’m thankful for being where I am right now. What about you?  What are you thankful for today?