betterME Day 25 : A Day of Thanks (a day late)

Sorry today’s post is a little late.

The challenge for yesterday was to make a list of things I’m thankful/grateful for.

We get so caught up in life it becomes a simple task to overlook what you have in life.  How many times do we read stories about someone that seems to have it all going for them but they choose to end their own life?

The best part about this is the fact by doing this, you don’t take up any extra time. You can do this in the shower, you can do this while driving to work, you can even do this while going for your run, all you need to be able to do is think about all the things you’re grateful for.

By doing this I found another thing to add to my happy list : making a list of things I’m grateful for — it can’t help but bring a smile to your face.  To no surprise many things on the list were on the list for challenge 24 (list things that make me happy).

Here’s what I have so far :

  • I’m thankful that God has given me everything I’ve ever needed, much of what I’ve wanted, been there for me when my absence from him has been great, been my everything, and never given up on me when I’ve given up on myself
  • I’m thank for my parents, for the love they have for each other, and for the values, morals, and beliefs they instilled in me
  • My sister and her family
  • For that matter, all my family — good memories in years past
  • I’m thankful for each and every friend I’ve had or ever had — you’re all incredibly special!
  • In these economic times I have a job and can make ends meet
  • The gifts, talents (yes I do have some), and skills I’ve been blessed with
  • I am honestly thankful for every person who as ever come into my life — I truly believe that people meet for a purpose and we glean the best of them and make it part of ourselves.  So we are in essence made up of everyone we meet
  • Music 🙂
  • Coffee 🙂
  • As I look around and see the way people are dressed and act, I’m thankful I live in a country  that is ‘mostly’ tolerate of diversity and individual expression
  • I’m thankful for my health

And the list continues.  As with my “happy list” this will be something I keep and continuously add to.  When things look down, I can simply look back on the list and remember how good I do have it.

I challenge all of you reading this to do the last 2 days of challenges : to list what makes you happy and list what you’re thankful for.  Beyond that I challenge to keep those lists, add to them, and periodically refer back to them.   Who’s up for it?

To the twitter reader who noted I didn’t have  weekly challenge this week, you are correct.  Since my week started out of town I didn’t get to select one.  But I will for next week for sure.

Continuing the recent theme of making lists : make a list of the things you can’t control and be happy with them.

There you go.. see ya later tonight (hopefully).

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