30 Things To Be Thankful For

Since November in America is about harvest time and being thankful, I decided to gather some positive thoughts and energy into a post all about things I am grateful for. November has 30 days, so this became the magic number of things I am decidedly thankful for, know matter how large or small they may be.

In no particular order, on with the spirit of positivity and thankful energy:

  1. I am thankful for the sunset yesterday 11/16/12, it really brightened what could have been an otherwise dreary day.
  2. Today I am grateful for the abundant sunshine, even if it is chilly [42F].
  3. I am pleased when I can sleep through the night and not have to wake up early.
  4. I am glad to have a roof over my head and food on my table, when one loses their job and there home it’s something you never forget.
  5. I am thankful my parents taught me to the joy of reading, I enjoy the reprieve from reality and being able to escape into awaiting adventures.
  6. I am grateful I had the opportunity to put my self through college, I know there are others out there who do not have the chance.
  7. I am appreciative that my parents encouraged me in the sciences & technology field, not all girls are as lucky.
  8. I am thankful I had a chance to know some of the individuals I have met in my life, [even if I have a heavy heart now —  memories of  loved ones passed].
  9. I am glad that with age I have developed the ability to at times just throw something together to eat and it works. No measuring or recipes during those occasions.
  10. I am grateful I was introduced to yoga, meditation, and the Art of Living. I don’t know if I would be here today if it wasn’t for them.
  11. I am thankful that with age and life experiences we can become humbleness and wise.
  12. I am thankful I had the opportunity to see how others live in a 3rd world country.  It really makes you appreciate what you have and inspires me that I really don’t need all this “stuff” to live.
  13. I am grateful to have had the experience to let go of my material possessions. Losing a job will do that to you, while I can say the circumstances weren’t originally by choice, at least I was able to learn and grow from the difficult times I was dealt. I made peace with it and realized I didn’t need so many possessions. The art of detachment.
  14. I am grateful to have learned how to cook Desi [Indian] foods.
  15. I am glad my parents encouraged me to be independent and a free-thinker.
  16. I am also grateful my parents coaxed me into so many extra curricular activities and interests. I think I turned out to be a much more rounded individual with a grater appreciation for many things in our world.
  17. As a kid and even growing up I appreciate all the traditions we had for holidays as a family. When you’re an adult and live you far away from family you really miss those times. I can acknowledge and appreciate them that much more.
  18. I am thankful for quiet days where I can just sit, relax, read, relax in a bath, enjoy a cuppa tea or bake something tasty.
  19. Good Health! We take our health for granted sometimes, but after having just completed a battle with what I coined as a super bug since it seemed to take for ever to be back to optimum health, I can admittedly say I appreciate being healthy.
  20. I am grateful for my job. The economy over here still isn’t that great and I know several people who lost their jobs, so I am in fact grateful to still be employed.
  21. I am glad I was able to pay off my school loans, in record time at that. Now it doesn’t hang over my shoulder and I have the financial freedom I desired.
  22. I am grateful for friends and family. They certainly keep life interesting and are not only very important but also quite dear to me.
  23. Love and to be loved in return.
  24. Generosity from others in its many forms.
  25. I am thankful for having all my 5 senses and even my sometimes 6th sense.
  26. I am thankful I was not born with any birth defects.
  27. The internet – for the wisdom it shares, for connecting us with those who are separated by distance and time, for all the time passes it has to offer.
  28. I am thankful for when I have things to look forward to. It may seem trivial to some, but when you suffer from depression it makes a world of difference.
  29. Hugs! Sometimes just giving or receiving a hug can really brighten your day.
  30. The ability to see things outside the box from different perspectives.  Not something inherent that we are born with, but something I had to learn along the way.

Wow, and that’s 30. The first few on the list were easy, as the list grew in length it really took some thought but was a nice challenge for me today. As a result I feel like I accomplished something today, I feel grounded, and content. I have a lot to be thankful for, and it serves as a good reminder when I am feeling down and out. Here’s one more, I am thankful that I do not feel depressed today or down and out. Its been a while since I’ve smiled. It’s nice to have a shift in our focus and or mood.

There’s always something to be thankful for, what are you grateful for today?

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