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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My first Snow Storm

February 15, 2022

Date: 02/15/2022 It was cold and I couldn’t drive for a few days after that but I am very grateful for the snowstorm in Peoria two weeks ago. That was my very first snow and my very first white winter. It was really beautiful how white everything was, touching the soft cold snow. You know, […]

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Snowplows

February 4, 2022

Date: 02/04/2022 I am grateful for the snowplows that create mountain size piles of snow as they clear our parking lots !

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Celebrating

February 4, 2022

Date: 02/04/2022 I am celebrating the huge piles of snow carefully placed in out of the way areas of parking lots . And I am thankful for the city, county, state crews who are still clearing our streets. A beautiful winter blanket of snow carefully moved allowing us to travel safely.

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Parks

February 4, 2022

Date: 02/04/2022 Got the cross country skies out, bundled up, and checked out the trail in Donovan Park! Greeted several friends on my loop around the park. All right here in the heart of our city!  Thanks! Park District, Bushwhackers, and Beachlers!

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Celebrating

February 4, 2022

Date: 02/04/2022 I am celebrating the huge piles of snow carefully placed in out of the way areas of parking lots . And I am thankful for the city, county, state crews who are still clearing our streets. A beautiful winter blanket of snow carefully moved allowing us to travel safely.

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Run309

January 16, 2022

Date: 01/16/2022 I am grateful for the running/walking community in Peoria.  Even on a cold, snowy Saturday runners and walkers at all activity levels get together to explore Peoria on foot.  Our routes take us all over Peoria to explore hidden gems and appreciate the beauty of the seasons.  We have thought provoking conversations and […]

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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