37 things I’m grateful for – gratitude list

Think about the things you eagerly wanted, the stuff you often prayed for and was fortunate to have eventually earned. Reflect on how they’ve changed your life. Now consider the people who are always there to love and support you even when you don’t least deserve it. Think about how your life would be if they weren’t around. Well, if that’s not enough reason to be grateful then I don’t know what is.

I thought I’d post this last week already but then I realized that this was something I genuinely needed to do for myself – to reflect as well as experience it on an emotional sphere. I didn’t want to create a mere post out of it, but to rather pause take a moment and be thankful.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. ~ Epicurus

We become so infatuated with what we don’t have and subsequently lose cognizance of what we’re already blessed with. The overflowing clutter of things-to-do keep us so busy that we often miss out on precious things; sheer moments of gratitude and joy. So after consideration I then took time to compile my gratitude list – the things, moments and people that put color into my life.

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  1. I’m grateful that I’m able to wake up to the light of a new day.
  2. Being comfortable with who I am. Yassssss!
  3. The satisfaction from sleeping
  4. Health
  5. Everyone that cares
  6. Love
  7. Empathy
  8. Kindness
  9. Education and knowledge
  10. My mothers (plural)
  11. My mother’s son
  12. My only sister
  13. Niece
  14. Family
  15. Friends
  16. Confidante
  17. The unexpected calls and texts that indicate that I matter
  18. The dreams
  19. All those who believe in me
  20. Music – the fact that it moves me literally and figuratively
  21. Wow! Food guys
  22. All I’ve achieved so far
  23. The bright and gloomy days
  24. All the “I love, I care and I miss you’s”
  25. Connection; phones, internet just the whole nine yards
  26. Forgiveness, the fact that I get a chance to redeem myself
  27. Vacations
  28. Warmth
  29. Board games
  30. My English teacher back in high school, I remember every single word in the letter she wrote me.
  31. The elasticity to adapt to change
  32. Intuition
  33. Laughter
  34. The second, third and multiple chances
  35. Writing
  36. Television
  37. The beginnings and endings

You’ve probably once witnessed time going past you and in turn regretted that you had taken things and people for granted. It is open knowledge that gratitude is not easy to practice but what is the use of working on anything if we’re unable to show appreciation. How are we going to find value in what we are yet to achieve if we’re challenged now as it stands. I don’t know but just maybe if we could attempt to live in the moment, cherish what we have and grasp contentment in every way possible we’d be a little happier and fulfilled – just maybe.

Do you ever take a moment? Forward your thoughts.

 

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