Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
These are troubled times for many, if not most people in our world. Violence, pestilence, poverty, and even famine are more the norm than the exception. When I stop and see how bad it is for so many I again realize how fortunate most of us really are.
I don’t know about you but it helps me recognize that my life is really great. When I focus on what I do have instead of what I don’t have the picture looks pretty good. I think many of us take the good life for granted, not understanding just how well off we are.
Blogger Henrik Edberg recently published his list of things to be grateful for. I bet most of the things on his list would also be on yours. Here in part is what he wrote:
Simple Things You Can Be Grateful for Even When Times are Tough
Maybe not every item on this list works in your life, then take what works from here and create and add to put together your own list.
A roof over my head and a warm home.
I live in Sweden, a country where the winters are cold and snowy and the fall and often spring can be quite rainy. So I often return to this one. Few things feel better than to reflect upon having warm home and a roof over my head when it is cold and windy outside and I can hear the rain beating hard on my window.
Plenty of drinkable water.
I love water and drink plenty of it every day. It is certainly something I take for granted from time to time. But it is not a given. 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water according to water.org.
I don’t have to go hungry.
Plus, most of things I cook and/or eat are quite tasty and healthy. And sometimes they are simply wonderful. So I have much to be grateful for when it comes to food.
I can enjoy the small and free pleasures of life.
A sunrise. A relaxing walk in the woods. A cool swim in the ocean. A crisp Autumn day when the trees are filled with leaves of vibrant and spectacular colors. The sun warming my face after many days of the sky being filled with dreary, gray clouds.
Access to the internet.
When I was really young back in the 80’s and 90’s and you wanted to learn about something then you had to ask someone who may have had spotty knowledge. Or you had to visit the local library and maybe there was a book or magazine about it.
Things are so different now and even though it is just a part of everyday life it still amazing. I can learn about pretty much anything online. I can add new skills and habits to make my life happier and more awesome with the help of what other people share online.
And there is the opportunity to connect with and get to know people from all around the world.
My friends and family.
For the love, support, kindness and all the fun that they offer and I get to offer them.
I do not have the indestructible body of Superman. But if I treat it well and get plenty of sleep, work out and eat healthy then it works really wonderfully well almost all the time. Sure, I get sick sometimes.
But overall I have very, very much to be thankful for that I often take for granted about my body and how it helps me to do everything – see, listen, walk, write, hug, kiss, think and experience my world – every day.
The setbacks that have formed me and made me stronger.
I have been really ill a few times in my life and these experiences has made me stronger mentally and given me the gift of being very appreciative of modern medicine and of my own body and taking good care of it.
I am alive.
I have like everyone else been in situations where an accident and being in the wrong place for just a few seconds could have meant I would not have been here anymore. If I had been born in another time or in another place then there is a big chance that I would not have been here to experience my 33:rd birthday.But I am here now. I have this moment and day and hopefully many days still to experience and live my life. It is an amazing thing.
“Let’s choose today to quench our thirst for the ”good life” we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts.”
Sarah Ban Breathnach
She said: One day I called my mother from my apartment to make some plans with her. In the background behind her, I could hear a terrible noise, like a jet plane taking off.
“Mother,” I asked apprehensively, “what’s that awful noise?”
“It’s the dishwasher,” she replied. “Your father fixed it.”
A friend: someone who likes you even after they know you.
A naive young gal was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. It was her turn, she rolled the dice and she landed on “Science & Nature”. Her question was, “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”
She thought for a time and then asked, “Is it on or off?”
Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.
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Why is it that night falls but day breaks?
Mary and Bill go to an art gallery. They find a picture of a naked woman with only her privates covered with leaves. Mary doesn’t like it and moves on but Bill keeps standing there and looking.
Mary asks, “What are you waiting for?”
Bill replies, “Autumn.”
“Make a bet every day, otherwise you might walk around lucky and never know it.”
A little rural town had one of the highest birth rates in the country and this phenomenon attracted the attention of the sociologists at the state university. They wrote a grant proposal; got a huge chunk of money; moved to town; set up their computers; got squared away; and began designing their questionnaires and such.
While the staff was busy getting ready for their big research effort, the project director decided to go to the local drugstore for a cup of coffee. He sat down at the counter, ordered his coffee, and while he was drinking it, he told the druggist what his purpose was in town, then asked him if he had any idea why the birth rate was so high.
“Sure,” said the druggist. “Every morning the six o’clock train comes through here and blows for the crossing. It wakes everybody up, and, well, it’s too late to go back to sleep, and it’s too early to get up.”
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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