small scale gratitude

I try my best to be aware of the many huge blessings in life. The things that are so fundamental to our very existence, but are sometimes overlooked in a world consumed with convenience and luxury.

Good health. A loving family. Kind friends. Food and shelter. It’s hard to think about how drastically our entire reality could change if any one of these factors was threatened.

This month, leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ve seen a lot of people sharing daily posts on things they’re thankful for. As I’ve watched my friends share thankful thoughts, it’s helped me remember so many small things, both big and small, that make life amazing.

In fact, I think it’s as much a valid exercise to consider the less significant, more trivial things that you’re thankful for, on top of the big guns I mentioned above. So while recognizing that these are indeed, the small things, I’d like to give credit where credit is due.

In no particular order:

1. Skype. For helping me keep in touch with my brother and sister in law while they’re living on another continent.
2. Contact lenses. So I’m not a peripherally-blind, four-eyed hazard.
3. My iPhone. Because of it I’m never lonely, lost, bored or disorganized.
4. Frosting. Because it’s frosting.
5. My hot water heater. Without it I’d never bathe.
6. The Red Sox. We’ve put that Valentine character behind us and it’s time to refocus.
7. McDonald’s chicken nuggets. Whatever, they’re all white meat.
8. Pumpkin-scented candles. We have no leaves that change color in Phoenix, this is how we make new seasons happen.
9. Rawhide. The world’s most effective dog pacifier.
10. Dyson vacuums. It’s the patented technology. Yes.

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3 thoughts on “small scale gratitude

  1. Ahhh. I allow myself some time first thing in the morning with my cup of hot coffee (<3) and my iPad, doing a little reading. Missed this post the other day, but was happy to read it now, because it was perfect! Just what I needed! Thank you and I hope you have a lovely day, today, Thursday!

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