Gratitude: a list, 2016

November brings with it cooler weather, leaves of gold and the feeling of thanks in the air. It’s the perfect time to begin a practice of gratitude. You Know Neen is hosting the 2nd Annual 30 Days of Gratitude blog series, a place where the experience of gratitude will be explored and shared. I, along with several other contributors will be sharing our thoughts on all things gratitude. 

images-5By now, if you’ve been reading 30 Days of Gratitude, you know I keep a Gratitude Journal. It keeps me grounded, keeps me in the present moment and truly reminds me that by giving thanks for what I have I know what I have is enough.

I am ever so grateful for so many ‘big’ things like my health, my family’s health, our home, our cars and our ability to put food on the table. I am so very grateful for the small things too. For the tiny moments and ‘things’ and interactions I have every day that make up my world.

The small things and fleeting moments make my ordinary life extraordinary. Here is my list of some of the ordinary that made my journal today:

YouTube I love videos of cute dogs, Beyonce, repeats of James Cordan’s Carpool karaoke and the lyrics to Funky Cold Medina.

My MABF coffee mug My MABF, or, ‘Move a Body Friend’ gave me this mug for my birthday and I cherish it and swear the coffee tastes better when I drink from it.

Pecans In my oatmeal. Oh my gosh, the goodness. The crunch. The sweetness. YUM.

Reading glasses While at first they made me feel old, now, they allow me to read without squinting. I have five pair scattered throughout my house and in various tote bags in all shapes and colors. EMBRACE the readers middle aged peeps!

Avocados I mean, come on.

Watching my dog run in the park She looks so free. I love her energy, her joy and her freedom in those moments.

Hamilton This show. This masterpiece. These lyrics. This creator. We have witnessed genius. Listening to it, reading about it, talking about it (ad nauseum) brings me joy.

My neck pillow Every day I am thankful my neck pillow has helped me heal my neck injury and keeps me sleeping peacefully at night.

Texting Keeps me in touch with everyone. From quick messages to longer stories that should be spoken, texting makes my life easier.

The sunrise Every day I get a glimpse from my kitchen window, I inhale and exhale at ‘how lucky we are to be alive right now.’

Did you make a gratitude list today? It’s not too late to make your list.


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