I am grateful for this practice, which
reminds me always to breathe and serve
with gentleness, intelligence, and fearlessness. Every once in a while, I actually get
I am grateful for my children. “Child
truly is the father of man,” as Wordsworth
said, and I am being raised right by the
six wonderful children in my life.
I am grateful for my teachers – which is
to say every single one of you.
I am grateful for the sadness and the
laughter alike, which remind me to be
grateful for all of it – and I do mean all
I am grateful for the Marx Brothers and
Salvador Dali and Stan Getz and George
Carlin and fire escapes and Wings of Desire – creations that poke, provoke, and
elevate. In the case of fire escapes, the elevation can be quite literal.
I am grateful for Kermit the Frog, Clark
Kent, and Richie Cunningham – three
journalists who inspired me to mastheads
– and Vin Scully, Joseph Campbell, and
Shakespeare, who have reminded me that
every life is an epic journey worthy of
compassion and eloquence.
From September 21 to October 29,
the City of Burbank will be reading
On Gratitude, and inviting the world
to share their own anecdotes of
thanksgiving as they build The World’s
Largest Gratitude List.
At Burbank’s public libraries, Todd
will be hosting and participating
in six weeks of free, family-friendly,
gratitude-themed events: family
Yoga, a salute to US overseas service-members, dinner and a movie,
an extraordinary lecture from Dr. Emmons. and musical performance with
television ( 24) star James Morrison.
For the full schedule, visit:
Please help us set a world record for
The World’s Largest Gratitude List by
sharing your thanksgiving.
Email written or videotaped lists to:
Todd Jensen is the author of On Gratitude: Sheryl Crow,
Jeff Bridges, Alicia Keys, Daryl Hall, Ray Bradbury, Anna
Kendrick, BB King, Elmore Leonard, Deepak Chopra, and
42 more celebrities share what they’re most thankful for.
Todd asks his friend, Actor/Musician
and Yogi, James Morrison to create a
I’m grateful to be able to live my amends.
I’m grateful for my wife, Riad, who has taught me what unconditional
I’m grateful I’m surrounded by those skilled at helping me discover ways
to see what service is.
I’m grateful I've got teachers in my life who are able to point out the
miracles so I might be fulfilled by them.
And I’m grateful, above all, that I’ve been gifted with the balance of
being a student of my son, whom I am graced with being able to teach,
care for and protect.