Gratitude Elephants - Why I Love Them

Friday, 28 June 2013 18:35 Written by 



I have a friend, Peter Dernbach, whom I love dearly.  He is actually one of my best friends, and he is one of the best people I know.  He always has such a good attitude even when things aren’t going well.  I asked him once how he does it, and he shared that he tries to do his best every day.  Some days his best is great, other days it is mediocre; but as long as he does his best, he can hold his head high.


Now, over the past 14 years, I’ve found that Peter’s best is outstanding all the time.  And today is no different.


He and his friends have started a project called Gratitude Elephants.  He gave me one and explained that every morning I should pull it out and think of three things that I am grateful for.  As you’ve heard, elephants don’t forget; but I don’t know about you, but I definitely have a forgetting problem (many thanks to my pastor, Ellis Prince, for sharing that I am not alone).  So, looking at my elephant in the morning helps me to be thankful each day.


The best part of the Gratitude Elephants project is that a portion of the proceeds are given to the Mitrataa Foundation which is committed to improving the lives of women and girls in Nepal.  Like I said, Peter’s best is always pretty awesome.


If you want to learn more or purchase an elephant so you can remember to be grateful, visit

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Raquel Whiting

Raquel Whiting is a graduate of Princeton University and University of Virginia School of Law. She is currently an executive in a K-12 education company that provides tutoring services to disadvantaged youth.  She is passionate about helping others and encouraging them to love themselves no matter what. Raquel shares her thoughts and suggestions on her website,  She knows first-hand what it’s like to get less than what you deserve both personally and professionally. And after a series of failed relationships and lots of crumbs, she met the love of her life, Michael, in 2009 and they live in Baltimore, MD.

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