This year, (since I turned 50), I decided to come up with a list of 50 things I’m thankful for. I can’t lie, I got the idea from Free Candie but figured it’s appropriate.
Besides, when one is whining about something (me, now 50), there is no better way to turn a negative to a positive than to focus on gratitude. So here goes…
Serious Things I’m thankful for:
- My faith in a loving Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. If I was stripped of everything else in the world (not wishing this), I would be ok because I’d cling to this.
- Jeff; my spouse and companion on this earth and eternity.
- My children: Candace, Haley, Bridger, Summer and Saige are my jewels.
- Parents: I love them and am so grateful they are still going strong.
- Karen, Russell and Dennis: I couldn’t have asked for better siblings.
- Extended family both on mine and Jeff’s side. So blessed they are in my life.
- I’m thankful for life long friends I have in every place I’ve lived. Your influence makes me a better person.
- Life. I love being alive with a physical body that can do things!
- Liberty. Thankful to live in America and most specifically Alaska.
- Pursuit of happiness. Thanks to our service women and men, and those who keep the peace so we have the chance to chase our dreams.
Semi-Serious Things I’m Thankful For
- I’m thankful for my education and career. It’s helped me live a fulfilling intellectual life.
- I love my dogs, all three of them along with the many we’ve had in the past: hair, diabetes, blindness, barking and all. (And…all the horses, cats, birds, bunnies, etc that have enriched our lives.)
- I’m thankful I have a warm home to live in.
- I’m grateful there is food on the table.
- Planes, trains and automobiles: It’s nice to get around this big ol’ world.
- Technology. Good and bad, it allows me to stay close to family and friends far away, and to write this little blog. Plus, I like my cell phone and DVR.
- Modern medicine. Working in the medical field I see miracles that allow people to live and enjoy life longer.
- Forgiveness, both giving and receiving for others and myself.
- Five senses. The ability to see, hear, smell, touch and taste make life so vibrant.
- I’m thankful for the chance I’ve had to live in Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Hawaii, and now Alaska. Diversity has been the spice of life.
Maybe Not as Serious
- The experience of travel. Not only for the chance to see different places, but to bring perspective and appreciation for what I have.
- Nature: my anti-depressant. Always has been.
- Wild places. I pray we protect our planet.
- A sense of Adventure that has defined my life.
- Sleep. (I love my Tempurpedic mattress).
- Small and Simple things, like flowers, snowflakes, or butterfly wings.
- Four Seasons: While I loved living in Hawaii and Arizona, I appreciate variety that changing seasons in the mountains bring.
- Water. Lakes, rivers, swimming pools, the ocean and even out of the tap. I love water!
- The color blue. It’s my favorite! From deep blue ice to Caribbean blue seas to dark blue skies, I’ve always loved all hues of the color blue.
- Reading a good book in the age of instant gratification.
Just for Fun:
- Scuba Diving.
- Aurora Borealis.
- Moose: My favorite wild animal. (Dolphins, a very close second.)
- Sealife/wildlife: I could sit and watch them for hours.
- The Beach: Sandy, Rocky, Cold, Warm; I don’t care, I just love the beach.
- Sunrises and Sunsets in the Dessert, Hawaii and Alaska (or anywhere really)
- Waves crashing on shore. Favorite place? End of the World, Hawaii, but also love the Oregon Coast.
- A warm fire, cup of hot chocolate, and snuggly blanket on a cold night.
- Dutch Oven cooking while camping, sitting around a fire, making smores.
Silly Things I’m Thankful For:
- Diet Dr. Pepper.
- Chocolate and Creme Brulee’.
- Mexican Food.
- My fuzzy blanket I sleep with at night.
- Flip Flops: summer or winter
- Indoor plumbing.
- Bear spray.
- Survivor, HGTV, Food Network, Pirates of the Caribbean Movies.
- Toothpaste, Lotion, and Deoderant.
And there you have it! 50 things I’m thankful for. It’s been a worthwhile exercise, and one I challenge you to do.
Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.