Gratitude Prompt #9 - What Moves You

If you’ve ever watched a movie, read a book, heard a lyric, or seen a piece of art and felt something click — like the hidden latch of a puzzle box into place — inside you, then you know exactly what today’s journal prompt is all about.

Maybe it’s subtle little “aha!” moment, or maybe you’ve just head the biggest revelation of your whole life. Maybe you’ve been moved to tears, or laughter, or had to rewind again and again to let an important message really sink in. In big ways and little ways, music, art, and films move us. They can help us learn who we are, comfort us, challenge us, pump us up or slow us down, and even give us new ways of looking at the world.

Today’s prompt is about taking a moment to appreciate those moments and the creators who help make them happen.


Write about a song, movie, book, piece of art, etc., that has made an impact on you.

It could be standing in front of the Statue of David on a study abroad, or reading Harry Potter for the first time. Whatever it is, reflect on why it speaks to you or how it has changed you, and write that down. Consider the person who created it, the time and energy and dedication it took to make, and how different things would be if they hadn’t.


Early in my marriage, I found myself driving to a weekend workshop in New York, alone. At the time, it was the longest I’d spent away from my husband, and the longest drive I’d taken on my own in my whole life. About seven hours in, the song “Bloom” by The Paper Kites came on. I called my husband, put him on speaker, and held the phone to the radio. Now whenever either of us hear it, we think of the love we have that connects us no matter how far apart we are. It sounds so silly and cliche, but it’s true. Every time I hear it, no matter what else is going on, I feel like my heart is smiling.

When the evening pulls the sun down,
And the day is almost through,
Oh, the whole world it is sleeping,
But my world is you.

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