See the good

POTENT Gratitude is a way of looking at and finding all that you can be grateful for in life: the good and the positive. POTENT stands for People, Opportunities, Things, Experiences, Nature and Thoughts. These are the gifts we can look for and see every day. When we program our brains through daily journaling, meditation or “POTENT huddles” with our teams, we can begin to shed the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) that characterizes today’s world—and the good starts to stick in our brains.

On the other hand, POTENT also stands for Problems, Obstacles, Troubles, “Eggos” (existential crises), Natural Disasters and Transitions. These are the growth opportunities in life, and we can be grateful for the lessons and accomplishments that arise from overcoming them. They can also be programmed into a daily practice that helps transform the not-so-good into amazing learning experiences. It flips the switch on a challenge and turns it into an opportunity!

Peoria has gone through an amazing few years, with both good times and bad. We are a resilient community that has so much to be grateful for and many great lessons to learn from our past. We are working to change the conversation to a POTENT one as it relates to Peoria’s future.


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What is up with that POTENT Gratitude Logo?

September 5, 2021

Posted By: Bob Woolsey // Date: 09/05/2021 What is the meaning of the blue circles and the yellow one at about 1:00 on the POTENT Gratitude logo? I can explain. The yellow circle symbolizes you. You are at the center of your life. No matter how you look at it, you are in control of […]

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Building a POTENT Gratitude Community

September 1, 2021

A rendering of POTENT Gratitude Park Dr. Rick Hanson, a prominent neuroscientist, is known for suggesting that the human brain has a natural negativity bias, internalizing negative experiences more deeply than positive ones. According to Dr. Hanson’s “Velcro and Teflon theory,” the brain is like Velcro (i.e., sticky) for negative experiences and Teflon (slippery) for […]

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I found this story about a West Virginia reverend who created a diverse congregation in an overwhelmingly white area inspiring

December 1, 2021

Date: 12/01/2021 https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/11/30/rev-darrell-cummings-bethlehem-apostolic-temple-wheeling/

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Farmer’s Markets

November 29, 2021

Date: 11/29/2021 As we enter the season of colder shorter days, my gratitude focus …….Farmer’s Markets!   I appreciate the time, effort, and passion our local farmers invest to bring the delicious fresh that morning picked produce into our city’s markets. I watch as young families, my senior citizen friends, and everyone in between fill […]

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Ripples of Value are Potent

November 19, 2021

Date: 11/19/2021  

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This Beautiful Fall Day

November 13, 2021

Date: 11/13/2021 Today, I’m grateful for this Fall day and the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature.  Not every day is like this one; in fact, today is exceptional here in the mountains of North Carolina.  We’ve had thunderstorms, hail, rain, and cold weather recently.  That’s what makes today special.

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A Place Called Home

September 18, 2021

Posted By: Kay Shank // Date: 09/18/2021 Home–that’s what Peoria is to us. It’s people formed our roots, educationally, socially, and spiritually.  Even though we relocated for two years, we made the best decision to return to our welcoming hometown.   And what makes Peoria our home? It’s more than a physical structure or setting. It’s […]

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The Peoria Riverfront

September 17, 2021

Posted By: Mia Woolsey // Date: 09/17/2021 I am grateful for this beautiful park where many weddings, concerts and events occur.  The fountains provide kids with a cool, summertime treat and the new and improved bridge is the perfect backdrop for pictures. My husband and I were married here on May 22, 1999 and I […]

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Julia Belle 1971

September 17, 2021

Posted By: // Date: 09/17/2021 Born in Colorado Springs in 1970 at an Army Hospital, I returned home with my parents to Illinois in 1971.  I will never forget the day my mom took me to Peoria to see the Julia Belle docked on the Illinois River.  The historical steamboat came to Peoria in 1971 […]

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Grateful for Joshua Gunn and his leadership

September 16, 2021

Posted By: Bob Woolsey // Date: 09/16/2021 Today on the front page of the Peoria Journal Star is a great article on one of Peoria’s awesome new leaders. Joshua Gunn is the CEO of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce and has a vision of where Peoria’s future is. I am grateful for his wisdom […]

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Illinois River Valley

September 15, 2021

Posted By: Betty Schlacter // Date: 09/15/2021 My gratitude lessons from my mom and Peoria’s river! Lucky me as my childhood days were filled with exploring the shoreline of the Illinois River just out my back door. This picturesque river created opportunities for daily discoveries and occasionally life challenges. When the river flooded our back […]