In scouring the Internet for the blog post links listed below I came across one that very simply listed 50 things they were grateful for in their lives. What a GREAT idea! If you believe the concept that what we think about grows, what we dwell upon we become, you might want to try it yourself. (If you want to go directly to this week’s gratitude links—scroll down to the bottom of this post)
So, here are 50 things I’m grateful for in my life right now:
The fact that my body feels energetic and healthy 99% of the time.
Kloe & Me on the day we brought her home from the shelter.
My mind continues to be creative, curious and amused on a regular basis.
I’ve been married to Thom my best friend and soul mate for 36 years.
I have a handful of really close friends and a bunch of good friends.
Our little dog Kloe is a happy, healthy and loving part of our family.
My permanent home is in an amazingly beautiful location with a warm climate.
Thom and I right-sized our house so that we love and use every square foot of it with no wasted space every single day.
We were able to buy and keep our home mortgage-free so that the cost to live here is minuscule giving us hundreds of options with our finances.
Two years ago we put solar on our home and haven’t paid a dime so far for electricity this year.
I have food in my refrigerator and have two or three options about what I will be making for dinner.
I have health insurance that will cover both Thom and I in case of any health calamity that might occur.
I’m grateful that I don’t need to buy a lot of expensive things or to spend a lot of money to enjoy myself—a simple get-together with lively and stimulating conversation is high on my list.
This last year we spent nearly 3 months away from our home during the hot summer months (this has been
Simple get-togethers with good friends…
an intention of mine for a very long time!)
I have a blog/website that until this last week never ever crashed or went offline—and even though it did, the host techs were able to get me back up and running with only minor losses.
I have met and connected with some amazing, interesting and generous people through my website that have greatly increased the quality of my life.
I am extremely fortunate that Thom has supported and encouraged my writing and blogging every step of the journey.
For the vast majority of my life I have never had to spend my days changed to a time clock or a job I hated.
95% of my mornings I am able to wake up without an alarm clock whenever I want.
I’m really thankful that I have few regrets in my life and LOTS of “I’m glad I did’s!”
I LOVE having an evaporative cooler for my home that keeps me cool without costing a lot of money to run.
Okay, I’ll admit it. I like Facebook and I’m thankful it is in my life.
I’ve learned that one of the best ways for me to feel blessed is to spend time helping others in a variety of way. This website is one and I’m also happily involved in the Coachella Valley Ophelia Project.
Mom & Dad March ’02
I feel incredibly fortunate that as self-employed people Thom and I have been financially stable for the last 15+ years so that we can live well within our means.
I am thankful on a daily basis that I live with a man who appreciates, understands and puts up with me and my quirks.
I’m grateful that my mother allowed me to be me.
My father loved me deeply and taught me many life lessons, some of which I’ve only recently learned to appreciate.
I’m extremely fortunate that my exercise of choice is taking a daily walk—it’s always available and doesn’t cost a thing.
Thom and I both have bicycles that are very easy and fun to ride and we live in an area that offers bike paths and easy access to riding.
I love that my home is within a half mile of about 15 restaurants, a grocery store, a hardware store, the library, the senior center, city hall, two gorgeous city parks, two coffee houses, my hair stylist, manicurist, an ice cream store, a wine shop and so much more.
While it’s easy to take for granted I am so grateful for the Internet and how it has changed my life in dozens of ways.
I’m really, really happy that I love to learn and try new things on a regular basis.
Knowing I live in a friendly supportive Universe.
One of the lessons I’ve learned on the path is how important our individual consciousness is and how that effects EVERYTHING in my life.
Nearly 30 years ago Thom and I discovered New Thought philosophy and it changed our life for the better in every way.
I’ve been able to travel to quite a number of countries around the world seeing some gorgeous sites and realizing that people everywhere are kind and generous, and that most of us want peace on Earth.
An Island in Tahiti
While I love to travel I believe I am fortunate to love being at home too. The balance between the two gives my life contentment and stimulation in equal proportion.
I feel extremely fortunate that I’ve had two publishers willing to publish books that I’ve written. But I also feel grateful that I was able to publish the last one on my own.
I’m grateful that I’m not into clothing, jewelry, or makeup. I’ve seen how that obsession can get others in trouble financially and I’ve found lots of other ways to enjoy my time.
I very thankful that my husband thinks I’m still beautiful after all these years AND is actually glad that I’m not into clothing or jewelry.
Even though my garden continues to be an experiment, I am grateful for the lessons it teaches me about the miracle of growing food and the opportunity it gives me to connect with Mother Earth.
Speaking of Mother Earth, I’m grateful that I’m living in a country and a time where I can breath the air and have access to healthy water. I realize not everyone does and it’s uncertain whether future generations will be able to say that as well.
I’m grateful to have lived through a serious health issue and realize that every single day without pain is a gift.
I’m thankful I jumped out of an airplane for my 40th birthday and lived to tell about it.
I am extremely grateful that I don’t have to do my writing on that clunky old electric typewriter I used when I started. Wow! That has changed so much for the better.
I very much appreciate the amazing technology I have in my life including a desktop and a laptop computer.
I’m thankful that I’ve never experienced violence firsthand in my life or those around me and never take for granted that not everyone is as fortunate.
I’m grateful that I’ve learn to relax, breathe and enjoy the moments.
I’m thankful that I quit smoking about 30 year ago and have no other serious addictions.
Back when I created a business that depended upon my writing regularly I learned that I can always find things to write about on deadline and even when I don’t feel like it.
That I know that every day I can choose to be happy, loving and live life to its fullest…. I get to make it up!
Note: Click HERE more info about the SMART Living 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
Here are seven more posts about gratitude to keep you
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